Despite recent rains, Lubbock has not seen a dramatic increase in mosquitoes - well, not yet. It may be too early to tell. The mosquito issue is important with two confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in Lubbock. The virus can be deadly but it can only be spread to people by mosquitoes.
Glenn Heinrich with the City of Lubbock's Vector Control says, "We're getting a little more [calls and complaints] than in the past."
But it's by no means a huge increase. That could change as recent rains might have given mosquitoes breeding grounds.
Heinrich says mosquitoes do need time to breed, lay eggs, and mature into adult insects. "Our next count next week may show an increase."
"Our trap counts are down a little bit. We're catching fewer than in the past few weeks," says Heinrich. "Overall, we're not really increasing in adult mosquitoes."
Heinrich says the recent news about West Nile might the reason for small increase in complaint calls. But he also says, "We're caught up on complaints. We've treated everywhere that we've gotten complaints."
Meanwhile, on Monday, the City of Lubbock went out for bid on equipment to control mosquito populations. It's called a "quick quote" because normally the bidding process takes weeks. These bids are due on Thursday but Heinrich says it's not because of West Nile.
"It's related more to the budget," says Heinrich. The city's fiscal year comes to a close on September 30. Heinrich says the equipment is used to treat standing water.
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