Education, awareness and action are effective tools to limit exposure to mosquitoes.
With concerns about Zika Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, and as mosquito season nears, the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department (A/TCHHSD) offers a number of ways residents can fight the bite, day and night.
Mosquitoes can act as vectors for many disease-causing viruses such as Zika Virus, West Nile Virus, and Chikungunya. Education, awareness and action are the most effective tools we have to limit exposure to mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes can only develop in water and it takes just a teaspoon of water for mosquitoes to breed. During warmer months, mosquitoes can develop in as little as three days. Brief educational videos in English and Spanish, instructing residents how to prevent mosquitoes from breeding and biting, are now available:
Each April, Keep Austin Beautiful hosts Clean Sweep, a city-wide service day spanning 130+ sites in 31 zip codes. This year, the city’s health department is providing educational materials on mosquito prevention to be distributed to residents throughout the Austin area.
City disease detectives are also tracking mosquito activity and posting the latest alerts, guidance and information here:
For questions or more information about ways to reduce mosquitoes around your property please call our Rodent and Vector program at 3-1-1.
If everyone does their part to fight the bite, day and night, we can enjoy a healthy and safe summer.
Communications and Public Information Office
301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701