City Vector Control Watching For West Nile In Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/1/04

City Vector Control Watching For West Nile In Lubbock

The lack of rain on the South Plains is a good thing when it comes to West Nile.

Back in February, a bird tested positive for the virus, but that is the only case in Lubbock County this year. Vector control checks twenty-five traps around the city each week. Right now, they're trapping 200 to 250 mosquitos per week but Joe Vargas, of the City Vector Control, says that number is considerably low. He says for now, flies seem to be the problem.

"We're doing a bit of larvae sighting wherever we find water. We've been doing some fly spraying in the dumpsters, a lot of complaints about that " says Vargas.

Vargas says he doesn't expect the mosquito count to pick up until we've had considerable rainfall.

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