Mosquito Relief on the Way

Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 9:34am

Their piercing bite is hard to ignore, but hopefully the mosquito infestation will come to an end very soon as city and county crews are busy this week trying to kill off the mosquito population.

The big outbreak is likely do to Hurricane Alex after rainfall left behind stagnant water across much of Cameron County.

The City of Brownsville is out spraying this week in the evenings for the flying insects as well as placing mosquitos dunks and mineral oil in standing bodies of water.

While the city's main method of mosquito control is spraying, Cameron County takes a different approach. So far they have already placed over 3,000 briquettes out in high mosquito population areas. Cameron County Assistant Director of Environmental Health, Gustavo Olivares, says these briquettes are placed in water to kill off the adult flying mosquito, thus reducing the reproduction.   

Mosquito control in both the city and county is expected to wrap up by the end of the week, weather permitting. Officials say residents will likely notice less mosquitos with in about one week.

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