Recent rains equal standing water for mosquito breeding

[Standing water in a birdbath]

Get rid of anything that might hold stagnant water — wheelbarrows, flowerpots, outdoor toys, etc. And remember to change the water in birdbaths frequently.

While the recent rains have provided a pleasant mid-summer break in temperatures, Fort Worth residents should be aware the rains can result in standing water that harbors West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes.

The city is reminding residents to take steps to reduce their risk of exposure to West Nile virus. Prevention is the key.

Reduce the risk of exposure by taking some simple, common-sense precautions to avoid mosquito bites: Drain standing water to eliminate places where mosquitoes can lay eggs. Young mosquitoes need standing water to develop. Mosquitoes can lay eggs in any standing water.

To stop the spread of mosquitoes, some things to remember are:

  • Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets.
  • Drain hoses frequently.
  • Clean clogged roof gutters.
  • Once you’ve eliminated the risk in your yard, share this information with your neighbors – let’s work together to stop the spread of West Nile virus in our community.