Bexar County To Fog For Mosquitoes Early
There are no confirmed cases of mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus in Bexar County, but the Department of Public Works is taking no chances. South Texas has had a milder winter, so officials expect mosquitoes sooner than normal.
County workers have already begun larvacide treatment wherever there is standing water to interrupt the mosquitoes’ reproductive cycle.
They’ll also be checking to determine if Zika is present in area mosquitoes. Humans can contract Zika from mosquitoes if bitten. Renee Green is the Director of Public Works for Bexar County and says workers will use two types of traps.
"Both traps we’ll use to collect mosquitoes and send them to the state for testing, as well as give us an indication of where we might see high concentrations of mosquitoes," she says.
"The county hopes to set traps in the next two weeks," Green says.
"This is the Gravid trap. The breeding females are attracted to the foul smelling water and collect in there. This is the CDC mini trap. The mosquitoes are attracted to the LED light and collect in that area," she explains.
The traps will be placed throughout the unincorporated area in Bexar County. The county will also be fogging with a water-based solution.
"The primary ingredient’s Primethren, and it’s a very, very diluted amount. It is not harmful to humans or mammals, very deadly to mosquitoes and fish in very, very high concentrations.
Fogging occurs at night and will begin a month early on April 1, weather permitting. The fogging season runs through September. Green also suggests eliminating standing water where mosquitoes breed, and using mosquito repellent whenever outside.