Joe Vargas with the City of Lubbock's Vector Control says they will receive GPS units for their vehicles. Vargas says the units will help them locate playa lakes and other bodies of water where mosquitos breed, including those which may carry West Nile Virus.
So far this year the Texas Department of Health says no cases of the virus have been reported in humans, but those numbers normally peak in July and early August. Vargas says a $3,000 grant from TDH will be put to good use for the new GPS units. "This will help us find out where our playa lakes are and work with them better and tell our people what they can do about a larva sighting," says Vargas.
Vvargas says you can help keep mosquito populations down in your neighborhood by emptying containers that hold standing water at least once a week.