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Vector Control monitoring mosquito development in Lubbock County

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Members of the Vector Control section of the City of Lubbock Health Department are monitoring for mosquitos earlier than usual.  That's after recent rains left many areas of standing water.

Standing water can increase the likelihood of mosquito activity. That's why crews are out checking for larva in the water.  They've found some, but not like what they'd see if the weather was warmer.

"This has been kind of an unusual year with all the rain this early in the year, so it's a little bit unusual to see development this time of year, but these temperatures at night, they've slowed it down. They won't stop the development," Vector Control Coordinator Rick West said. 

West says the colder air will stretch out the incubation time though. He says the wind does help dry-out standing water, but they still continue to check areas were water collects year round, like playa lakes. He says they also use traps to check development of adult mosquitos.

He recommends that folks make sure all screens are in good shape to ensure mosquitos don't get into your house. He also says people should check around their home and drain in any standing water to keep mosquitos from hatching.

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