After any significant rainfall, it is important for the public to remember their role in the effective control of mosquitoes. Alice and Corpus Christi vector control employees were doing their part on Monday by spraying around residential areas and city property to keep mosquitoes from breeding. They will continue spraying for several days, city officials said.
"Mosquito control is important to this and all communities because of the potential for transmitting diseases through mosquitos as well as being able to enjoy being outdoors without the annoying mosquito bites,” said Robert Guerra, municipal solid waste superintendent with City of Alice. “Citizens can help by keeping weeds and grass mowed, remove standing water, clean bird baths and discard old tires or store them out of the weather.”
There are a number of different mosquitos species, some being active at night and others during the day. Aside from standing water, tall grass is a popular breeding area for many species of mosquitos, so please keep your grass and vegetation trimmed.
Vector Control is asking the public to help by taking care of your property.
Remember the 5 D’s of Defense:
DEET – Use insect repellent containing DEET.
DRESS – Dress in long sleeves and pants when you’re outside.
DAWN, DAYTIME and DUSK – Dawn, Daytime and Dusk are the times of day when mosquitoes are most active. Avoid being outside during these times of day to prevent bites.
DRAIN – Regularly drain standing water, including water that collects in empty cans, tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters and saucers under potted plants. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water.
DOCTOR - Consult a physician if you feel sick after being bitten.
The Zika virus has declined significantly with 80 reported cases in Texas in July 2016 to only three reported in the state this month.
But just because the numbers have decreased doesn’t mean you shouldn't use caution when it comes to mosquitoes.
“The Zika virus is primarily spread to people through mosquito bites. The virus can be spread from mother to child,” the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) website reads. “Spread of the virus through blood transfusion and sexual contact has also been reported.”
As of July 17, there was one case of Zika reported in Collin County and two cases in Williamson County. All were associated with travel.
The TDSHS has updated its Zika testing guidelines and urges Texas residents to use caution against mosquitoes, especially women who are pregnant or may become pregnant.
There have also been only three reported cases of West Nile recently in Austin, Dallas and Galveston.
People can be infected by West Nile virus through the bite of an infected mosquito. Last year, Texas reported 135 cases of West Nile illness that resulted in six deaths, the TDSHS reported.
There have been more than 3,500 illnesses and 167 deaths in Texas over the last 10 years.