Preventing the Pests

The recent rainfalls are much needed, but all the standing water means more places for mosquitoes to breed.

James Garcia, Health Inspections Supervisor, with Wichita Falls - Wichita County Public Health District, said, "In the past two weeks we have sprayed more often than we normally do." Garcia added, "Even though we have not received a lot of complaints, we are trying to eliminate any possibilities for mosquitos to become an abundance."

Garcia said crews are using the most effective forms to kill off mosquitos. "Truck spraying only kills adult mosquitos so the larvicide and granules or tablets we use, kills the larva form of the mosquito."

The tablets used in standing water will hold for more than 45 days and the granule formula used is for smaller bodies of water.

The health department is also setting up mosquitos traps around town."We do surveillance traps that we've placed throughout the city. We change locations and at anytime we have four to five traps on any given night." Garcia added, "We will trap those mosquitos and send them off for virus testing."

Garcia encourages citizens to take action to protect themselves, on top of what the county is doing.

Public health officials suggest you dress in long sleeves and long pants. They recommend you stay indoors during the hours between dusk and dawn. Lastly, they suggest you wear mosquito repellant that contains deet.

You can call the Wichita Falls - Wichita County Public Health District to treat any standing water you may be concerned about, or pick up larvicide tablets. If the area of water is large enough crews will come out and spray.

You can also call a mosquito line at (940) 761-7890 with any questions or concerns.

Natalie Garcia,  Newschannel 6