About Municipal Mosquito

MunicipalMosquito.com is a website dedicated to the government entity mosquito operations of Entex Pest Pest Solutions. Since 2006, Entex Pest has been known for providing comprehensive municipal mosquito control services in the DFW area. We specialize in detailed surveillance, aggressive larvaciding, adult mosquito control, and thorough disease testing.

Our goal is to assess public areas through surveillance, then larvacide problem areas frequently to avoid adult mosquito treatments throughout the area. We emphasize the primary use of biological larvacide materials and food grade larvacidal oils that quickly degrade. If we must employ adult mosquito treatments, we first utilize a targeted approach at the disease source areas, limiting overall fogging activity. We are committed to applying the least toxic control methods for our integrated mosquito management programs.

Our entomologists and field staff routinely don rubber boots and hip waders, climb aboard UTVs, and access any unpleasant areas where mosquitoes breed in efforts to prevent running a ULV Fog truck through neighborhoods later in the season. Although it’s hard work during the hot Texas summers, our commitment effectively diminishes opportunities for diseases. View our services and see how we can help control your area.

General Overview

Two vector borne diseases are of primary concern to public health officials in North Texas:

  • St. Louis Encephalitis
  • West Nile Virus

Over the past decade or so, proper management of these diseases involves the effective reduction of one particular mosquito species, Culex quinquefasciatus. Municipal Mosquito offers specialized Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM) programs that focus specifically on reducing this particular species of mosquito and the two diseases associated with their populations.

The following Integrated Management components share equal importance in public health protection, especially at the municipal level. These components are not meant to be enacted in a linear fashion, but as a whole.

IMM components:

  • Adult Mosquito Surveillance (Trapping and Testing)
  • Larvaciding
  • Adult Mosquito Control

Beginning with Trapping, the other components of any Integrated Mosquito Management program should commence in concert. Activity should begin early in the season (April or May) and continue through the month of October. Larvaciding should occur throughout the entirety of the mosquito season, and any areas subject to flooding or heavy irrigation events should be re-inspected and treated within a few days of the water movement. Adult Mosquito Control should begin once disease presence is indicated in mosquitoes so that all program components work in concert to effectively eliminate diseased mosquitoes.

Leadership

Patrick Prather

President, Entomologist

Patrick graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Entomology, in 1998. He then began a career with Orkin Pest Control in the Austin, Texas area where he soon moved into a position of Branch Manager and was relocated to Texarkana, Texas. Shortly after, Orkin asked Patrick to move to Tyler, Texas to assume the Branch Manager position of one of the largest Orkin branches in the state. After a stabilization of the operations and a turnaround was well underway, Patrick hired his replacement and resigned his post to move into the Distribution and Consulting side of the Pest Control Business. In 2003, Patrick moved to Dallas to take role as Territory Sales Manager for B&G Chemicals and Equipment. Since they shared a common employer, this position allowed Patrick and Mike Swan to collaborate and learn of their shared technical expertise and synergistic sales potential. After a little more than three years, Patrick identified a private company with which to join and begin his own Natural Organic Pest Operation.

In May of 2006, Patrick opened PRP Services, LLC dba Rid All Pest Control of Fort Worth and began to build his business. Patrick began Integrated Mosquito Management programs for two municipalities in Tarrant and Denton counties. These two initial cities are still under contract today along with many other municipalities in the area. Patrick brings over sixteen years of Urban Pest Management and is proud to operate and own one of the most successful natural pest management companies in the state.

Mike Swan

Operations Manager, Board Certified Entomologist

Mike began his career in 1976 at Texas A&M University as a service technician. In 1979, he earned his B.S. in Entomology. Since then he has worked in many aspects of the pest control industry from owning a company to supervising an “in house” pest management program for Plano schools, to program design for service and training.

Mike joined B&G Chemical & Equipment in March of 2004, as sales and service aspects of B&G’s Vector (mosquito control) business. His focus was in Western U.S. supplying vector control products and equipment. Mike also managed Mosquito Management Services, Inc.; a company associated with B&G that provided contract mosquito control service programs to local cities and home owner associations. In December of 2007, Mike joined Electronic Data Solutions as the Eastern US GIS Vector Control specialist. His focus was sales and support of Sentinel GIS software designed specifically for the mosquito control industry. In October of 2010, Mike joined Bizzy Bees Pest Control as the Commercial Sales and Service Manager. In August of 2012 he began with Entex Pest Pest Control of Fort Worth managing the commercial and mosquito control operations. Mike brings over 36 years of experience and is board certified by the Entomological Society of America (B.C.E.). He is also a Texas Certified Applicator in the categories of Pest, Termite, Lawn & Ornamental, Weed, Structural Fumigation and Commodity Fumigation.

C.Eric "Tex" Simmons, MS, DVM

Director of Science Operation

Dr. Simmons began his career at Texas A&M University as an undergraduate in the Department of Entomology. While in Vet school, Eric took a position during a break as a student for Dr. Jimmy K. Olson performing St. Louis Encephalitis surveillance in the Bryan and College Station area as well as other lab and field work for Dr. Olson. Eric also worked for Dr. Pete Teel as a medical entomology student focusing on several veterinarian entomology projects. Upon receiving his BS in Entomology in 1997, Eric began his Masters program with Dr. Teel with emphasis on Acarology and Medical / Vector Entomology. Eric completed his Masters work in 2000 and was accepted to the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.

Eric was accepted as a CDC field researcher out of Atlanta where he was given field surveillance projects for the emerging threat of West Nile Virus. Eric greatly enjoyed his CDC field research and vowed to one day return to the public health arena. He completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 2007. Dr. Simmons runs private practice in Austin Texas and consults area vets on vector entomology cases and concerns. Dr. Simmons has historically evaluated and consulted on the field practices and methodology of Entex Pest's mosquito operations; the season of 2012 brought a particularly active role with Dr. Simmons addressing various special projects.

Brian Ostrander, MS

Director of Research

Brian’s interest in entomology began when he attended Texas A&M University in College Station, TX as part of the Department of Entomology where he received his B.S. As a senior in the Entomology Department, an interest in field research was cultivated by Dr. Jimmy K. Olsen. Brian spent his senior year conducting mosquito surveillance as a special project for Dr. Olsen. This interest led him to a graduate program at The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX where he spent two years studying the population dynamics of sand flies, the insect vectors of Leishmaniasis throughout the world, including the U.S. While in graduate school, molecular tools for identifying and differentiating parasites and other microscopic organisms began to emerge.

Dr. Kerr’s lab began using microsatellite probes and PCR to differentiate and identify thevarious Leishmania spp. Upon graduation in 2000 with an M.S. in Biology, Brian joined Texas Parks and Wildlife in their genetics lab focused on establishing a database of genetic information pertaining to the hatchery fish stock that might assist Inland Fisheries staff in their breeding and lake biology research programs. Brian has sense spent time in various roles in R&D with pharmaceutical companies, consulting firms, and vector control companies. Brian has known Patrick Prather for over 20 years, and was thrilled to offer his services to someone as compassionate and ethical about the science behind pest management as he is.

Kayleen Thomason, RS, MPH

Director of Business Development

Kayleen graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M in 2004, and then graduated with a Masters degree in Public Health specializing in Environmental and Occupational Health in 2006. During her graduate programs, she worked as a laboratory assistant in Texas A&M’s Toxicology Lab from 2004-2006. She also worked with the Department of Homeland Security’s Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Division in developing a document specifically surrounding infectious disease containment from 2005-2006.

Kayleen then took a brief work break from 2006-2008 to relocate a few times and raise her first son. In March 2008, Kayleen took a position with Tarrant County Public Health as an Environmental Scientist. For the next five years, Kayleen wore multiple hats ranging from inspections, to storm water management, with a primary emphasis as the Tarrant County Mosquito Surveillance Program Manager. This opened up multiple avenues including: experience as a pesticide applicator, surveillance, equipment management, public outreach, public education, coordinator/liaison for the 43 cities in Tarrant County, as well as managing a multi-faceted program. Kayleen is a State of Texas Registered Sanitarian. She is also a Texas Certified Applicator registered with the Texas Department of Agriculture.