Mosquito Surveillance, Outdoor Warning Sirens Top Town Hall Discussion
Know the Difference: Nuisance Mosquitoes vs. Disease Carrying Mosquitoes
After a rainy start to the season, Frisco’s Development Services Department is continuing to monitor the city’s mosquito population.
At the city's Town Hall meeting on Monday, June 15th, residents heard from
both city representatives and entomologist Patrick Prather, the president of Municipal Mosquito and the licensed third party contractor hired by the city.
Prather's team sets weekly traps specifically geared toward the mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus, turning around results within 24 hours.
He says while people might be noticing a higher number of mosquitoes buzzing around their backyards, they are likely what are commonly called “floodwater mosquitoes”, which are more of a nuisance than a danger.
“The floodwater mosquitoes you’re seeing that are biting you and your family…those floodwater mosquitoes do not transmit disease,” Prather said.
According to Julie Stallcup, Environmental Health Supervisor for the city of Frisco, the city’s Mosquito Surveillance and Response Plan
only targets mosquitoes known to potentially carry West Nile Virus.
“Our plan does not address treatment of nuisance mosquitoes or the surveillance of nuisance mosquitoes,” Stallcup said.
“We will not spray or treat for nuisance mosquitoes, otherwise we’d be spraying the area right now.”
However, both Prather and Stallcup say people should still be alert for mosquito breeding areas.
The City of Frisco supports precautionary steps promoted by the Texas Department of State Health Services – and commonly referred to as “The Four D’s”:
all standing water;
in light-colored, long sleeve clothing when outdoors;
…Use mosquito repellants that contain Deet;
- DUSK OR DAWN
…Avoid outdoor activities during these hours when mosquitoes are most active.
No additional pools have tested positive for the West Nile Virus since May 21st
No human WNV cases have been reported.
Outdoor Warning Sirens - Where You'll Hear Them and Why
The Town Hall meeting also featured a profile of the city's outdoor warning sirens.
According to Frisco Fire Chief Mark Piland, the city audibly tests its system on the first Wednesday of every month with thirty seconds of sirens, followed by a verbal announcement of testing.
Piland says in an actual emergency event, the sirens would be activated for a full three minutes.
In a video prepared for the Town Hall meeting
, Piland clarified for residents that the city's outdoor warning sirens are not designed to be heard inside a family's home, rather, warn people who are outside of a severe weather or emergency threat.
"They are not tornado sirens," Chief Piland said.
"They are used for outdoor warnings. Basically, if you're outside and you hear the sirens go off, you need to take shelter."
If you missed the June 15th meeting, you can view it here.
Frisco's next Town Hall meeting will be Monday, October 19th at 6:30 pm.
Frisco CAN Builds Positive Connections
If your neighborhood recognized Frisco Community Awareness Night on May 2nd, check out the highlights at this link
Frisco CAN is the city's local version of National Night Out, when police officers and other city representatives visit local neighborhood block parties to engage in positive relationships, one street at a time.