Federal Funds to Fight Mosquitoes

Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 10:32am

With so much stagnant water throughout the Rio Grande Valley residents here are no match for the swarm of hatching mosquitoes.

And despite regular chemical sprayings during dawn or dusk when mosquitoes are at their worst, the water keeps coming and so do the pesky blood-suckers.

But today Hidalgo County officials and U.S. Congressman Ruben Hinojosa announced that help is on the way-half a million dollars' worth of help to be exact-which will be used between Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy Counties for more ground spraying chemicals and equipment.

"I know there's been a lot of concern about mosquitos we all want to thank Mr. Hinojosa and the congressional from South Texas, for their support in efforts to be able to assist with ongoing and going to get worse mosquito problem that we have currently in Hidalgo County," said one Hidalgo County official.

In a statement, Hidalgo County Judge Rene Ramirez said the primary focus is to prevent any public health nuisance and outbreak of mosquito related illnesses.

Officials warn people to just stay away from stagnant water if possible.

"Walking in those areas that are flooded, make sure that you have some kind of protective shoes to be able to avoid any injuries or complications. Avoid walking in that water standing because due to the river run-off we've had, this comes all the way from Del Rio and on the way, it's been through several contaminants in the water,” officials said.

Valley officials are still waiting for approval on a regional aerial spray which they say can be costly but highly effective.

Reporting in Hidalgo County, Daisy Martinez, News Center 23.

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