The Environmental Protection Agency defines Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as- "an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment."
The City of Coppell takes an Integrated Pest Management approach when preparing for the mosquito season. Mosquito trapping begins in the spring, and continues until mosquito activity decreases, typically early fall. The trapped mosquitoes are sent to the Texas Department of State Health Services laboratory where they are tested for the presence of West Nile Virus. Spraying activity will begin when notification is received that there is a positive mosquito sample or a human case of West Nile Virus. The City of Coppell intends to keep citizens updated regarding the status of West Nile Virus activity in the area. Surveillance of collected mosquitoes is conducted within the city to monitor for the presence of the virus. If the virus is detected, increased control practices will be implemented in the area.
Citizens should avoid being bitten by mosquitoes if at all possible. Only mosquitoes can transmit WNV to humans. The disease is not transmitted from person to person. While West Nile Virus can strike even the healthiest of humans, it can be easily prevented.
Remember the 4 Ds: Defend, Dress, Dusk & Dawn, and Drain.
- Defend yourself by applying insect repellent that contains one of the following:
- DEET (Chemical Name: N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide or N,N-diethly-3-methyl-benzamide)
- Picaridin (KBR 3023, Chemical Name: 2-(2-hydroxyethyl)-1-piperidinecarboxylic acid 1-methylpropyl ester )
- Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus* or PMD (Chemical Name: para-Menthane-3,8-diol) the synthesized version of oil of lemon eucalyptus
- IR3535 (Chemical Name: 3-[N-Butyl-N-acetyl]-aminopropionic acid, ethyl ester)
- Dress in long sleeves and pants.
- Stay indoors at dusk and dawn.
- Drain all stagnant water in your yard.
To assist the City of Coppell in controlling mosquitoes, the citizens of Coppell can help by using Source Reduction Strategies. Work around your house to eliminate mosquito-breeding sites.
For more information, contact the Environmental Health Department by email, call 972-462-5177 or click on the websites listed.