Mosquitos spraying begins this week

Brownsville Public Health will be taking care of those giant, pesky mosquitoes that have been swarming the city since Hurricane Hanna made landfall on the South Texas coast.

According to Public Health Director Art Rodriguez, the city will begin a three-day mosquito spraying operation aimed at the adult mosquito population that has been buzzing around standing water near homes and properties across town.

The rains in North Brownsville on Sunday pushed back the city’s spraying schedule, extending Phase 1 of a mosquito control operation in which workers were placing larvicide in standing water across town. “Today, we’re larviciding North Brownsville. Then, we are prepared to start spraying tomorrow night,” said Rodriguez.

The department is going to spray the entire city over a three-day period. Eight different drivers will be using city trucks with ULV sprayers today, Wednesday, and Thursday to get rid of the pests.

Mosquitoes can carry and transmit various diseases, which the health department specified does not include COVID-19. The insects do pose a risk for Zika,Dengue,Chikungunya, West Nile Virus, and Malaria (Yellow Fever).

Residents are encouraged to use deet, avoid dusk and dawn, dress appropriately, and pour out any containers of water in their yards. Bird baths, tires, rain gutters that haven’t been cleaned out, and any other sources of standing water are breeding grounds for mosquito larvae.

Water from Sunday’s rainfall collects in a depression Monday along Old Hwy 77 and Tiffany Drive. The city of Brownsville is targeting standing water in order to prevent the growth of the mosquito population in the area.(Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)

The health department also suggests that residents mow their grass so that mosquitoes can’t hide in the brush. “It’s also important for people to protect their pets, because mosquitoes carry heart worms,” said Rodriguez.

Spraying will begin in Districts 1 through 16 at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Districts 17 to 32 will be sprayed on Wednesday at the same time, and on Thursday, District 33 and all of Brownsville’s bike trails, parks, and schools will be sprayed at 6:30 p.m.

esheridan@brownsvilleherald.com