ABILENE, Texas — The Abilene Taylor County Public Health District is encouraging Abilene residents to use larvicide tablets, or dunks, to effectively reduce the mosquito population in the area.

A limited supply of the tablets are available at the Abilene Taylor County Public Health District office, 850 N. 6th St., during regular business hours, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tablets and dunks can also be purchased at local home supply stores, or online, at costs ranging from $10 to $20 a package.

Larvicide dunks or tablets should be placed in standing bodies of water that are unable to drain quickly to help kill mosquito larvae and keep mosquitoes from growing into adulthood. The tablets are effective up to 60 days.

The City of Abilene uses larvicide tablets for mosquito control as sprays can only kill mosquitoes that come into immediate contact with it, and put unnecessary pesticides into the air. According to the release, research shows mosquitoes build a resistance to pesticides, while killing beneficial insects, like pollinating bees.

The public health district is actively trapping and testing mosquitoes for infectious diseases and viruses. In the event a mosquito tests positive for an infectious disease or virus, the targeted spraying of pesticide will be used to supplement the larvicide tablets already administered city-wide.

Residents are also encouraged to practice the four Ds of mosquito prevention and control:

  1. Drain standing water; 
  2. Use Deet
  3. Avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk; and
  4. Dress in clothing that covers as much skin as possible.