Public Works

Here’s how Sugar Land fights the (mosquito) bite

It’s summer, y’all! And with summer comes pool parties, outdoor barbecues, and an unwanted visitor: mosquitoes. Fight the bite in Sugar Land and learn what the city does to keep you and your family safe.

Mosquito spraying

Sugar Land sprays for mosquitoes Friday nights from May through October, weather permitting. Spraying reduces the potential spread of mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile and begins each Friday around 9 p.m. until the entire city has been treated. If there is a higher than normal population of mosquitoes, spraying may be increased to twice a week.

Larvicide treatments and mosquito trapping

The City also treats drainage ditches and the storm water sewer system in an effort to reduce the mosquito population by preventing mosquito larvae from becoming adults.

Traps and tests are currently set up to test mosquitoes for both West Nile and Zika viruses.

Fight the bite

Residents can protect themselves by practicing the Four D’s: Drain, Dusk and Dawn, Dress, and DEET.

  • Drain: Drain standing water where mosquitoes breed. Common breeding sites include old tires, flower pots, bird baths, and clogged rain gutters.
  • Dusk and Dawn: Stay indoors at dusk and dawn. This is the time of day when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Dress: Dress in long sleeves and long pants, if possible, when you are outside.
  • DEET: Use insect repellent containing DEET picaridin or lemon eucalyptus oil.

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