Dead Bird Reporting
Contact the HCPHES Mosquito Control
Dead Bird Hotline at (713) 440-3036 or
this form to report
a dead bird.
Please note: dead
birds must meet testing criteria. Dead
birds (dead for less than one
day, no signs of trauma, and no ants or
maggots) being submitted for
testing for West Nile Virus will be
accepted at HCPHES Mosquito Control,
Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm.
HCPHES Mosquito Control Division
is located at
Spanish Trail (O.S.T.), Houston, Texas
Southeast corner of Hwy 288 and
O.S.T., (Building D)
the O.S.T. entrance (front gate) which
is only accessible to eastbound O.S.T.
and northbound Hwy. 288 feeder traffic.
For those unable to drop off dead birds,
HCPHES Mosquito Control Division will pick
up all testable dead birds regardless of
species from all areas of Harris County.
If the bird cannot be reported or picked
up right away, wear gloves to double-bag the
bird and place it in a refrigerator or ice
chest that is not used for food. If that is
not possible, wear gloves to double-bag the
bird and cover it with ice until it is
If testing is not
required, wear gloves to double-bag the dead
bird and dispose of it in the trash.
Wild birds may carry diseases that are
contagious to humans. Therefore, only by
using appropriate precautions should people
handle sick, injured or dead wildlife.
Window and domestic cat-kills are still the
main cause of bird deaths around our homes
results will not be provided to individuals
submitting dead birds, the efforts to report
them for testing are an important part of
WNV surveillance in our community.
Information on birds testing positive for
WNV will be available on our website.
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For more information contact:
County Public Health & Environmental
Mosquito Control Division
3330 Old Spanish Trail, Bldg. D, Houston,
Phone: (713) 440-4800 Fax: (