FARMERS BRANCH ~ As the weather continues to warm up, coupled with periodic and uncharacteristic rainfall this summer, Farmers Branch staff is working hard to protect residents from mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika and West Nile Virus. Resident involvement is crucial to the success of the Farmers Branch Integrated Mosquito Management, or IMM, program. Efforts are focused on prevention through citizen education, mosquito surveillance, and use of larvicide. Each week, city staff puts out mosquito traps to catch mosquitoes that will be tested for West Nile Virus. These sample pools will help determine if, when and where the city will be sprayed for mosquitoes through the warmer months. Additionally, Environmental Health staff is working closely with Code Enforcement to address stagnant pools and properties that have the potential to become mosquito breeding grounds. Residents are reminded to drain standing water, wear insect repellent with DEET, and avoid going outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Mosquito “dunks” to treat standing water are available free of charge to residents at the Senior Center and Farmers Branch City Hall, limit one per household. Report standing water to 972.919.2536. To learn more about the city’s mosquito program, please visit farmersbranchtx.gov/mosquito.