MCALLEN, Texas (KVEO) — The recent rains of Hurricane Hanna in the Rio Grande Valley have left the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
The City of McAllen’s Department of Health and Code enforcement has a 22 member team made up of code enforcement officers as well as an environmental specialist.
Currently, their team is going around citywide looking at bodies of water that need to get pumped out or treated.
“Treating those particular bodies of water with briquettes. It’s like chemicals. They’re like small pucks that we throw into the water. We will also be applying mineral oil. It’s an oil that essentially suffocates the larvae before they get to be full-grown mosquitoes,” says Cesar Rodriguez, Assistant Director of Health and Code Enforcement for the City of McAllen.
Mosquitoes can carry such diseases as zika, dengue fever, chikungunya, and west nile. Rodriguez says they also trap and send those mosquitos to the state to be tested, which there have been no positive cases in our region.
The city will begin also spraying citywide next week. Rodriguez says the weather including wind speed must be perfect before they can spray, otherwise, it could null the effect of the chemicals.
City officials also say you can do your part by just taking a walk in your property and looking for puddled water that can be overturned. They also say to protect yourself when outdoors by wearing long sleeve clothing and using repellant.
If you are a homeowner you can also protect your home by keeping doors closed and screens on your windows, to prevent them from coming indoors.
If you are a resident in Mcallen, you can report an issue by using their 311 app or by calling the Health and Code Enforcement Department at 956-681-1900.