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Local vector control working to keep mosquito numbers low

Vector control spraying a playa lake (Source: KCBD) Vector control spraying a playa lake (Source: KCBD)
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The City of Lubbock Vector Control says our mosquito numbers are low this year, but that doesn't stop them from working to prevent mosquito populations in our city and county. 

Vector control coordinator Robert Lopez Jr. says the vector control team began treating Lubbock and the county for mosquitoes back in February.

"It's a continuous cycle. We do every single thing, step one to step four, over and over and over," Lopez Jr. said. 

He says it all starts by surveying the local bodies of water, from low lying areas to playa lakes.

"What we do is we use a dipper. We put it into the water, and that's going to identify whether we have any stages between one and three of the mosquito which is the egg, larva, pupa," he said. 

Lopez says if they identify anything in that cup, they will treat that body of water with chemical sprays.

"We'll spray that lake. It feeds the larva, winds up killing the larva which lowers the population of mosquito," he said. 

The goal is to eliminate the mosquitoes in the water before they develop.

But for those that do develop, there are eleven low lying traps and 26 hanging light traps spread throughout the city and county.

"Once we collect that stuff, we bring it back to our entomologist here at the shop, he'll identify what mosquito it is and if it is a vector that carries a disease then we'll actually go out and adulticide."

And Lopez says that brings us to the final step in mosquito control, which is also known as fogging.

"Ultra-low volume spray vehicle that will go out and fog the areas of the local community to try and keep the population down again," Lopez Jr. said. 

And as Lopez said, this process is a constant cycle for our local vector control.

But protecting the community is something they are proud to be doing.

"Our guys right here are, like I said, highly trained, they're very motivated, and their number one priority is the community," he said. 

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