The City closely monitors and controls the mosquito population on public property by promoting effective drainage, controlling vegetation, eliminating breeding sources, applying larvacides to stagnant water and spraying as necessary for adult mosquitoes. What are larvacides and adulticides?
Mosquitoes are caught and identified using a variety of traps that mimic factors that mosquitoes find highly attractive. Through surveillance, we can also identify the areas of highest threat, and target source reduction and other measures to control mosquito populations and protect our residents from mosquito-borne illnesses. Read the Southlake Vector Control Plan.
Public Information and Education
We work to educate and inform our community about mosquito control and prevention methods through the use of media and participation in community events. City staff are available to make presentations and site visits as well as assist community members in searching for breeding sources around their property.
In addition to these precautions the City acts to reduce mosquito populations by utilizing EPA-approved pesticides (adulticides). Adulticiding is more commonly known as “spraying.” Residents should be aware spraying is only one component of an Integrated Vector Management Program and is only utilized when staff deem it is necessary to control the spread of disease. For more information about spraying including what types of insecticides are being used see Spray FAQ's.