To help control mosquito populations and combat the threat of Zika, as well as West Nile virus and other mosquito related illnesses, the City of New Braunfels Environmental Services Division is providing free mosquito dunks to City residents.
A mosquito dunk
contain bacteria toxic only to mosquito larvae, lasts approximately 30 days and
treats up to 100 square feet of surface water. Non-toxic to all other wildlife,
pets, fish, and humans, they are easy to apply to any standing water, or water
garden. They may be broken into smaller sections to treat multiple, small areas
of standing water that are not easily drained.
The mosquito dunks will be available Monday through
Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 550 Landa Street at the main reception
area. The City will provide one package per household and citizens must show
proof of residency (driver’s license or utility bill) and may only apply the
dunks on their private property. The product is not for resale and residents
should follow the product label. Dunks will be distributed while supplies
last. Additional dunks may be purchased
from local stores.
public is a crucial part of the overall solution of eliminating
mosquito-breeding areas in their yards and limiting their exposure to
mosquitoes. Here are some simple recommendations using the 4 D’s:
yourself by using insect repellents as directed – follow label instructions
in long sleeves and pants, loose and light colored clothing when you go outside
and dawn, stay indoors during this time to avoid mosquitoes when they are most
standing water and install or repair window screens
Protection against mosquito bites
Residents are urged to take precautions
against mosquito bites by reducing outdoor activity during early morning and
nighttime hours. Residents who are outside during these times should cover
their arms and legs and use a mosquito repellant.
Prevent mosquito breeding
Residents should eliminate standing water to
prevent mosquito breeding and the spread of West Nile virus and Zika. Breeding
places for mosquitoes include swimming pools that are not kept clean, stagnant ponds,
pet watering dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers,
toys, clogged rain gutters and French drains. Standing water should be
eliminated promptly, as mosquitoes can grow from egg to adult in as little as
mosquito dunk program augments other mosquito control efforts, and residents
may obtain additional information at www.nbtexas.org/MosquitoControl.
This website will be updated with new information as needed.