Vector Control Stepping Up Mosquito Spray Schedule

Published 06/02 2014 06:41PM

Updated 06/02 2014 07:03PM

by Victoria Price

LUBBOCK, TX -- After last week's rainfall, the Lubbock Vector Control office is stepping up their mosquito spray schedule. Starting Monday, their crews will add additional nighttime sprays every day until no longer deemed necessary. Monday they'll begin in Idalou and New Home, and soon make their way around the entire county.

Vector Control says hundreds of complaints poured in over the weekend, reporting mosquitoes throughout Lubbock County. The pesky insects carry diseases like West Nile, Encephalitis, and various animal sicknesses.

But even if the mosquitoes seem pretty bad at the moment, Vector Control Coordinator Tim Segura says what they're dealing with now is pretty normal, given all the rain we have received in a short period of time.  Numerous playa lakes around town are the obvious offenders for attracting mosquitoes. However, it's standing water on private properties that Segura says is the most troublesome.

"To be honest with you, undrained water sources on private property is probably the biggest contributor to mosquitoes within the city limits," he says. "We always try to remind people drain everything that they possibly can, because any water on your property will hold eggs for mosquitoes, and they will hatch out."

The city's Vector Control is actually responsible for mosquitoes control within the entire county. So, even if you live out past the city limits, they're urging residents to do their part in draining any standing water to keep the mosquitoes at bay.

Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.