Citizens can win the war against mosquitoes and the diseases they carry by finding and eliminating their breeding sites. Citizens are encouraged to control mosquitoes in the following ways:
Contrary to popular opinion, not all bodies of water serve as abundant mosquito breeding areas. For example, ponds with steep banks that are relatively free of organic matter, and have little or no vegetation extending into the edge of the water will typically produce very few mosquitoes.
The City of Benbrook no longer carries mosquito dunks, but they can be purchased at home improvement stores. The product is appropriate for use by residents living near larger areas of standing water that cannot be drained and are highly vegetated. The product comes in tablets or donut shaped discs and contains a natural killer of mosquito larvae called BTi. For treatment, the tablets or donut shaped discs are placed in the standing water.
The City does conduct its own aggressive larvicide program in selected creeks and other bodies of water throughout Benbrook.
Because it is probably impossible to totally eliminate adult mosquitoes, citizens can further protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites in the following ways: