Have you ever been feeling the sting currently? Fort Bend, Harris counties are tackling the rise in mosquito populations
HOUSTON – Fort Bend County officials have been inundated with nearly 2,000 complaints about mosquitoes in the past week, and it’s currently being sprayed.
The mosquito control department is now being sprayed across the county for the next few nights to combat this current outbreak.
Resident Cici Nguyen said that she and her family love being outside, but with the surge in mosquitos recently, she has only sprayed her garden and home.
“We sprayed all the brands they have at Lowe’s and Home Depot. We spent almost $ 200 on it,” said Nguyen.
The residents of the Jordan Ranch subdivision say the beetles were vicious and appeared in swarms.
“If we open the door, I’ll get seven or eight mosquitoes in my house at the same time,” said Shannen Garrett, who lives in Fort Bend County.
“We bought zappers and are trying to control them ourselves at the entry points of the house,” said neighbor Brook Warner.
Fort Bend County officials responsible for mosquito control in the Road and Bridge Division said they are seeing a huge surge in mosquito numbers.
Every week they trap mosquitoes and test them for blood-borne diseases. Recently they caught a larger amount than usual.
“When we cross this threshold, we keep spraying because we know there are a lot of mosquitos. We’re going to move tonight and start spraying all night for at least four nights and see if we can’t contain the population, ”said Brian Culpepper of Fort Bend County Road and Bridge Division.
In the meantime, they would like to remind Fort Bend County residents to get rid of any standing water.
Officials should check the usual spots: rain gutters, drainage systems, broken toys in the yard, or anything that can hold water.
“The main thing is that they have to fetch the water from their farms. Flip over pots of water and kids’ toys in the back yard, ”said Culpepper.
Some good news in Fort Bend County: No mosquitoes tested positive for blood-borne diseases this year.
Spraying begins for the next four nights on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Officials say residents should see immediate relief, but be sure to stay on stagnant water.
Harris County officials haven’t received many complaints, but they are still asking residents to help control the current surge.
If you’ve been out in Harris County lately, you’ve likely encountered a wave of mosquitos.
“We have the Asian tiger mosquito and the yellow fever mosquito and they tend to be very close to home,” said Chris Fredregill, Harris County’s director of mosquito control in public health.
Harris County’s health authorities say this peak is quite common in mosquitoes at this time of year.
We are currently dealing with flood mosquitoes.
The heavier rainfall in September contributed to this increase.
“And when you have that much rain, the water will get into areas where it normally doesn’t and flood the habitats that these pesky mosquitoes prefer,” Fredregill said.
He said to make sure that standing water, any amount and anywhere, is removed.
As for spraying in Harris County, crews only spray when mosquitoes test positive for diseases in the area or when a disaster is reported where mosquitoes are hindering recovery efforts. Officials said too much spraying could make mosquitoes resistant to chemicals used.
“We use our insecticides very carefully and also monitor our insecticide resistance across the county,” said Culpepper.
Harris County officials say if you notice large numbers of mosquitos on your property, call the Mosquito Vector Control Offices at 713-440-4800 or visit their website and fill out a form. An inspector will inspect the property and check your home for mosquitos.
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