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Bridge City, Texas 77611
Phone: 409.735.6801
Fax: 409.735.3349

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Fight the Bite!
Avoid Mosquito Bites to Avoid Infection

Remember the "Four D's" to defend yourself against West Nile virus.

DUSK / DAWN are the times of day you should try to stay indoors.
This is when infected mosquitoes are most active
DRESS in light-colored long sleeves and pants when you're outside.
For extra protection you may want to spray thin clothing with repellent.
DEET (N,N-diethyl-M-toluamide) is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellent. Follow label instructions, and always wear repellent when outdoors.
DRAIN standing water in your backyard and neighborhood - bird baths, old tires, flowerpots, and clogged rain gutters. These are mosquito breeding sites.

Visit the Texas Department of Health at www.tdh.state.tx.us for more information

Has the City of Bridge City reported cases of West Nile Virus this year?
No. However, Orange County has reported confirmed cases of West Nile virus infection.

Does the City of Bridge City spray for mosquitoes?
Yes, when Orange County is not spraying and weather permitting. The City also sprays the park and ball field areas as well as the marsh areas.

What can I do to help eliminate mosquitoes from my yard?
At this time, the Texas Department of Health recommends residents not allow water to stagnate. Mosquito breeding sites can be everywhere. Citizens can help by being diligent and removing all sources of stagnant water on their property. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Areas to look, are old tires, flowerpots, trash containers, swimming pools, birdbaths, pet bowls etc... Citizens may actively treat areas of stagnant water on their property not to include creeks and other protected waterways.

Will the City of Bridge City treat areas on private property?
No. The City of Bridge City may only treat areas that are publicly owned and maintained. Private landowners are responsible for all maintenance on their own property.

Are there any precautions I should take?
Per the Texas Department of Health, "make sure screens on doors and windows are in good condition; and avoid mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves and pants when outside and using repellants containing DEET". Spray clothing and exposed skin. Be aware of peak mosquito hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak mosquito biting times. Consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times or take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing during evening and early morning hours.

What should I do if I see a dead bird?
Birds die from many causes. West Nile virus primarily impacts crows and blue jays. If you find a dead crow or blue jay, contact the Orange County Mosquito Control at 409-883-5717 or the Orange County Health & Welfare Office at 409-883-6119. You may report the location of the bird and receive instructions on proper disposal. People cannot become infected by being in contact with the carcass but plastic gloves should be worn and hands washed after disposal.

I have a creek that backs up to my house. Will mosquitoes breed in the water?
Flowing creeks and waterways generally do not contain mosquito larvae. Please note that the Texas Department of Health states that creeks and protected waterways may not be treated.

I see standing water in a drainage easement next to my property. Who do I call?
Please call the City of Bridge City or the Orange County Drainage District, 409-745-3225, which ever may be responsible for maintaining the drainage easements. For questions concerning areas maintained by the City of Bridge City that contain areas of stagnant water please call 409-735-6801.

Texas Department of Health - to obtain a printable copy of the West Nile Virus Information Packet

Complete West Nile Virus Information
[Includes precautions, FAQs and recommendations for eliminating standing water on your property]

Orange County Health Department

Orange County Mosquito Control