City of Brownsville mosquito prevention methods

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POSTED: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 5:41pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 9:15am

Summer brings with it many wonderful things. Mosquitoes would not be among them.

Brownsville Public Health Director Art Rodriguez says the idea to is outsmart and eradicate the little buzzers.

“We use the trap to give us an idea – a count – of how many mosquitoes are in the area. Uh, the trap itself is designed to attract mosquitoes to it, and, it, uh, there’s a little vacuum system that pulls ‘em right up into the net.”

“Since mosquitoes are attracted to the stench of stagnant water, they come in through this bin, lay their eggs in the water. Then the mosquitoes get sucked up through this tube and end up in this trap.”

“Every 24 hours we come back, we check the count of mosquitoes in the net, and then we send the live samples to the state for any analysis of diseases that mosquitoes may carry.”

But Rodriguez also has another weapon in his anti-skeeter arsenal.

“The activity that we’re doing behind us is adult larviciding, and what that is, is we actually use a mineral-based pesticide, uh, that’s safe for the environment, but it renders the mosquito’s nervous system incapable of flight. So within half an hour to an hour the solution that’s being sprayed will help us control the mosquito population.”

And that means fewer bites, less nuisance and less mosquito-borne human illness such as West Nile.

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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