Kevin Thompson

Mosquito season is here, and Public Works has a plan.

There are 85 species of mosquitoes in Texas. Not all mosquitoes transmit diseases, but some are more than just nuisance pests.

Mosquitoes can be one of the deadliest animals in the world and pose a significant risk to public health. To reduce your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes and the risk of getting a disease carried by mosquitoes, insect repellents can help.

Mosquito control involves much more than using trucks to spray a community at night. It also includes public education, source reduction, surveillance, larviciding and adulticiding as part of a fully integrated approach to managing mosquitoes.

One of the best ways to manage mosquito populations is to properly eliminate mosquito breeding habitats and take personal protective measures.

An important part of mosquito control around homes is making sure that mosquitoes don’t have a place to lay their eggs. Because mosquitoes need water for two stages of their life cycle, it’s important to monitor standing water or moist areas.

• Get rid of standing water in rain gutters, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys or any other containers where mosquitoes can breed.

• Lawn maintenance, keeping grass and weeds managed and cut, will drastically reduce a breeding /hiding ground.

• Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels and potted plant trays at least once a week to eliminate potential mosquito habitats.

• Drain temporary pools of water or fill with dirt.

• Keep swimming pool water treated and circulating.

The City of El Campo Public Works has a system set up with licensed, properly trained, competent and responsible employees to not only target nuisance mosquitoes, but the disease carrying species also.

Mosquito outbreaks are usually seven to 10 days after a significant rain event so spraying schedules will coincide with surveys and complaints. A comprehensive section map is online.

Citizens can report mosquito complaints three ways - on the city of El Campo website https://www.cityofelcampo.org/how_do_i/report_a_concern, call Public Works at 979-541-5075 or email kthompson@cityofelcampo.org

When mosquitos come out, El Campo Public Works will be there, with a plan in place.

– Kevin Thompson is the city of El Campo director of Public Works.

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