Midland’s mosquito prevention

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The City of Midland is going to be taking steps to prevent mosquitoes from proliferating in standing water in public areas.

They hope to use the opportunity to encourage citizens to do the same in their own backyards by taking steps now to avoid a bad mosquito season.

Sara Bustilloz with the city says in the past they’ve sprayed or fogged but this year they’re really trying to take a proactive approach and get rid of the mosquitos at the larva stage.

 She says although the Zika virus in the headlines lately it’s a different virus that threatens West Texans.

“Usually our biggest issue is the west nile virus. In twenty fourteen we had almost 380 cases state wide of west nile and last year it was closer to 250, so we were able to bring that down and we hope that we can bring it down even more this year.” says Bustilloz.

The City  is working to treat public areas with standing water and mow areas with tall grass and en encouraging  Midlanders On private property to do the same.

They say to drain and remove items from your yards that might make for a good mosquito breeding ground, such as unused tires, cans, unused pools, pool covers, and receptacles intended to collect rainwater.

You can also apply mosquito “dunks,” or larvacide, to pools of standing or stagnant water to kill mosquito larvae before they reach the adult stage.

The city recently released these tips for eliminating mosquito habitats before they can grow:

 Eliminate any standing water that collects on your property.

 Remove all discarded tires from your property.

 Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water-holding containers.

 Make sure roof gutters drain properly. Clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall.

 Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. If not in use, keep them empty and covered.

 Drain water from pool covers.

 Change the water in bird baths at least every three or four days.

 Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.

 Repair or replace all screens in your home that have tears or holes.

 Remind or help neighbors to eliminate mosquito-breeding sites on their properties.

Citizens can report grass and weeds that have grown taller than 18 inches by calling Code Compliance at 432-685-7410 or using the “Report a Concern” module at www.midlandtexas.gov.

Don’t forget the three D’s of mosquito control:

DRESS to avoid mosquito bites by wearing long, loose and light-colored clothing,
Use insect repellents that contain DEET, and DRAIN any standing water!
 

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