The Environmental Vector Control program provides education, information and ideas on techniques that can be used by individual property owners to mitigate or eradicate mosquitoes and rodents on their property.
Effective mosquito control helps to control mosquito populations to prevent or reduce these outbreaks and enhance the enjoyment of outdoor activities by everyone in the community.
- To report a mosquito problem, call 3-1-1 or complete a Service Request online.
Arbovirus Surveillance Map:
Mosquitoes are present in Central Texas year-round, but the population is largest and most active from May through November. During this period, Austin Public Health monitors the population and tests for mosquito-borne viruses. Those that carry West Nile Virus (WNV) are of particular concern. To date, one West Nile virus death and three probable West Nile virus cases have been reported in Austin-Travis County in 2023.
- The Austin/Travis County Arbovirus Surveillance Map highlights Austin/Travis County zip codes where one or more mosquito traps test positive for West Nile Virus.
Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself from mosquitoes.
Drain standing water.
Mosquitoes grow in standing water. They breed fast – in just a few days, they can lay hundreds of eggs. Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover or throw out containers that hold water, including:
- Pet water bowls
- Containers and buckets
- Flowerpot saucers
- Trash containers
- Rain barrels
Protect yourself by applying insect repellent.
Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the active ingredients below. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven to be safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding people. Repellents include:
- Picaridin (known as KBR 3023 and icaridin outside the US)
- Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE)
- Para-menthane-diol (PMD)
- Find the right insect repellent for you by using the EPA’s search tool.
Dress to Protect
Wear long pants and long sleeves when you’re outside, especially in places with high mosquito activity.
- Mosquito FAQ
- Mosquitoes and the Diseases they Transmit
- AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M System
- Choosing an Insect Repellent from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Rodents, particularly rats, are responsible for a substantial amount of property damage and may transmit diseases, such as Murine typhus, plague, salmonellosis, trichinosis, leptospirosis, and rat-bite fever.
Code violations: Code violations such as tall weeds/grass, trash, or debris, may contribute to a rodent problem.
- To report violations call us at 3-1-1 or online.
Renters experiencing rodent problems: Austin Code requires landlords to maintain rentals free from rodent or insect infestations.
- To report a rodent problem in multi-family/commercial rental property, call the Austin Tenant's Council or the Austin Code Department at 3-1-1 or online.
Owner Occupied Residents experiencing rodent problems: call 3-1-1 or complete a Service Request online.
City Ordinance Chapter 3-6 regulates the maintenance and management of bee colonies within Austin city limits. Chapter 3-6 does not apply to wild colonies that have established themselves in naturally protected places, such as tree hollows, tree stumps, or any other location uncharacteristic of conventional beekeeping activity.
The City of Austin does not provide services for the removal, relocation, or eradication of bees due to State regulations related to bees. The City of Austin does not provide a referral list for providers of bee services and is not affiliated with any one provider. However, the City of Austin advocates the removal and relocation of bees in lieu of eradication whenever possible.
- To report a Bee Ordinance violation contact 3-1-1 or visit 3-1-1 online
- For information about bee behavior or to request bee removal services, please visit the Texas Apiary Inspection Service.
Austin houses the largest urban bat colony in North America. While bats contribute greatly to our ecosystem, it is important to be safe when encountering them.
For information about potential rabies exposure see Austin Public Health's Rabies Exposure Information
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