More Rain; More Mosquitoes; More Work For City of Lubbock Employees - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/3/05

More Rain; More Mosquitoes; More Work For City of Lubbock Employees

Excess rain is filling up Playa Lakes and creating puddles of water across Lubbock, and it's that water that's making Lubbock a breeding ground for mosquitos. Just spend a few minutes outside, especially near a lake, and you'll probably start slapping away mosquitos. The City of Lubbock is working overtime to reduce your chances of getting bit.

Vector Control Crews are spraying 480 locations in the Lubbock area where there are lakes and standing water. The chemicals help control the larva in the water. And while this helps, you still need to take precaution.

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Vetra Control Sprayer, Ray Esquivel said, "Use a lot of off, we're trying our best, we're working 12 hours a day trying to control them."

Here area few tips to keep mosquitoes away:

  • Empty standing water in old tires or toys.
  • If you have a pool, treat it often.
  • Use mosquito repellents, and try to wear long sleeves and pants in the evening.

The spraying process costs the city half a million dollars every year. Unfortunately, they can't step up spraying because they simply can't afford the extra cost.

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