After excessive rainfall in the City of Alice and surrounding areas, mosquitos have been a problem to residents.

The City of Alice has been proactive about the anticipated situation and took the matter into their own hands for the last two weeks.

Superintendent of Sanitation Department Robert Guerra said the city has been and will continue spraying for mosquitos and placing Larvacide biscuits throughout Alice in areas where there is standing water. 

"We didn't wait for calls, we knew we were going to have an explosion of mosquitoes," Guerra said.

Every morning, recreational areas such as Anderson Park is sprayed every morning and the city has completed three circuits of spraying since they started.

The department is asking residents to wear mosquito repellant when outside and to check their yards and homes since that is the most common place mosquitoes multiply.

"They need to eliminate all standing water because that is where they breed," Guerra explained. "Tall grass is also where mosquitoes tend to hide so it should be kept short."

According to the Texas Department of Health, mosquitoes can carry serious diseases such as Encephalitis, Yellow Fever, Dengue and Malaria.

"Some mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water where they hatch in a day or two. Other mosquitoes lay their eggs in old tires, tin cans or other water-holding containers in which they may remain unhatched for weeks or months until they are covered with water," a health information pamphlet states.

Guerra said it is important for residents to empty, remove, cover or turn upside down any receptacle that would hold water such as bottles, tin cans and old tires. 

"The treatment doesn't eliminate all mosquitoes, but it does prevent them from breeding," he said. "This only controls the population. We all have to work at it."