BEXAR COUNTY, Texas - Bexar County Public Works said Wednesday that it will be increasing its mosquito abatement program after learning that a mosquito tested positive for West Nile.
Bexar County said the mosquito was located in the western quadrant of the County in an unincorporated area just inside Loop 1604 at US Highway 90, in the Kriewald area.
The county said crews treated the area with larvicide and are notifying residents in the area, alerting them and asking them to take precautions in and around their homes.
“I am very proud of the quick action that Public Works has taken. Nevertheless, I ask all residents to remain on guard. Apply mosquito repellent to yourselves and your children, limit your time outside if possible, and please check around your home for any mosquito breeding areas,” said Precinct 1 Bexar County Commissioner Sergio “Chico” Rodriguez.
Throughout the summer months, Bexar County Public Works employees have been treating over 4200 acres of public ditches, various public rights of way and drains, standing water and County parks with larvicide on standing water and routine night time fogging.
To protect yourself from mosquitos, the county said you should remember to “pour it out” and follow this advice:
DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitos from multiplying.
· Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.
· Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used.
· Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week.
· Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.
· Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.
COVER skin with clothing or repellent.
· Clothing - Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitos are present.
· Repellent - Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
For more information on mosquito-borne disease activity including the West Nile, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/