City of McAllen Taking Action to Control Mosquito Population

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After having a resident test positive for the Zika virus, the city of McAllen is taking action to reduce the mosquito population throughout the city.

City employees gear up and take off to different residential areas across McAllen to do some mosquito spraying. Given the weather conditions in south Texas, mosquito spraying is done all year round in McAllen.

Josh Ramirez – McAllen Health Director said, “Mosquitoes don’t stop in this region. We have a subtropical climate, and mosquitoes are subtropical from climates like that, and we need to continuously keep spraying.” 

City employees utilize more than 55 gallons of insecticide to spray all of McAllen. After a resident tested positive for Zika recently, the city increased the amount of insecticide that has been sprayed. Especially since the exact location of the resident hasn’t been given to the city’s health department by the county.

Josh Ramirez, “If we had a location, we would narrow it down. But also, mosquitoes are flying around, they can fly three to five miles if wind conditions are favorable. It was better for us to say, you know what, to avoid any possible errors, let’s just spray the entire city.”

Nearby cities and other areas of Hidalgo County have also been taking precautionary measures to prevent a major Zika outbreak in the region.

Eddie Olivarez – Chief Administrator for Hidalgo County said, “We as a county, and all our cities together through our unified command are going to have to work together hand in hand to help each other because no one city has the total capabilities to deal with it on their own. All of us as a collective have to work together.”

The city will also start testing mosquitoes this month to see if any of them have become resistant to the insecticide that is sprayed throughout. During the coming days, the city will also be setting up mosquito traps.

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