The City of Lubbock Vector Control is hoping to prevent a mosquito outbreak after last weekend's rain.
"I have staff systematically going out and checking water sources, especially the permanent water sources, trying to catch the mosquitoes while they're still in the water," said Vector Control Coordinator Tim Segura. "It's important because we're catching the mosquitoes before they actually even become adults. When they're in the water they can't get out and bite the public so we try to be proactive, catch them now, then they hopefully won't even become adults."
Segura says it takes mosquitoes between 7 and 10 days to become adults. That's the only point in their life cycle that they can bite people and a lot of it depends on weather.
"It can become pretty bad. It depends on the rest of the weather conditions the rest of the week and next week depending on whether we get more rain, depending on how much heat we get, it's just really weather related," he said.
In total Segura says there are five Vector Control trucks spraying preventative chemicals around Lubbock County.
"I have crew members systematically checking all water sources starting within the city and then we work our way out. We blanket the whole city and county."
Segura said there are things homeowners can do to help prevent an outbreak.
"The main thing is to drain unused water sources around their homes. That is probably the main source of mosquitoes within the city limits. This includes dog bowls, bird baths, flower pots that have the little dishes on the bottom those are really bad about holding water," he said. "Use mosquito repellent with DEET, like I said, drain all dishes and stuff around their homes, wear long sleeves and long pants and try to stay inside during dusk and dawn."
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