Harlingen, Texas (KVEO)— Mosquitoes have taken over the Rio Grande Valley after the heavy rain caused by Hurricane Hanna.
County officials says the mosquito control can be done by local residents.
“Many of the residents here locally can actually make sure their yards are mowed, standing water is removed, making sure you wear appropriate clothing when you go out and use repellent,” said Eddie Olivarez, Chief Administrative Officer with Hidalgo County Health and Human Services.
Many cities are still dealing with flooding, Olivarez said they’re working on pumping out standing water along with the spraying of mosquitoes on county roads.
“We use that adulticide spray to kill the adult mosquito, so again remember if it’s raining, if it’s more than 10 mph winds, if it’s more than 80 percent humidity we cannot spray it’s not going to work,” said Olivarez.
While the spraying of mosquitoes is helpful, according to Olivarez, there’s another way that is deemed more effective which residents can also get their hands on.
“They’re these items, they’re little donut shaped pill that is thrown in standing water, larviciding is a lot more effective than the spraying because one little pill can kill thousands of mosquitos,” said Olivarez.
If residents need help or guidance, the Cameron County Environmental Health Director Gustavo Olivares recommends giving them a call.
“We do guide ourselves using those numbers to have an idea of where the problematical areas are at,” he said.