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June 20, 2016

Free Outdoor Insect Killer Being Given Away to Fight Zika in Houston Ortho (R) Bug B Gon (R) Can Help Control Mosquitoes/Insects on your Lawn

Ortho(R) has donated 10 pallets of Ortho(R) Bug B Gon(R) to help the City of Houston with its Zika abatement program.  The donation is roughly equal to 3600 bottles of product.  Bug B Gon(R) is an outdoor insect killer for use on lawns and gardens.  It is not an insect repellant for use on individuals.

The Bug B Gon(R) will be available to residents for free at the Kingwood Community Center and all Houston Health Department Multi-Service Centers during regular operating hours.  A list of the multi-service centers is available here: https://www.houstontx.gov/health/MSC/index.html.  The product will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis.

Since February, the City of Houston Solid Waste Department has been conducting weekend sweeps of illegal dump sites to reduce mosquito breeding sites and combat the spread of Zika.  They have hauled away 3,000 tons of debris and 19,000 tires.  Mayor Turner is hoping for funding from the state of Texas to help cover the increased costs the City is incurring.

Residents need to do their part, too.  Follow the three Ds of mosquito defense: drain, dress, DEET!  Drain standing water on your property and keep hedges trimmed.  Dress in long pants and long sleeves, keep windows and screens repaired and use air conditioning.  When outside, spray exposed skin with mosquito repellant containing DEET, reapply as necessary and use netting to protect babies in strollers or car seats.

More information about Zika is available at https://www.houstontx.gov/health/Epidemiology/HHD_Fact_Sheet.pdf.