SAN ANTONIO - In a more aggressive approach to prevent a major West Nile virus outbreak, the City of San Antonio is increasing its spraying for mosquito larvae this week.
Plus, for the first time this year, the city will begin fogging in targeted areas between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
The Spicewood Park neighborhood on the city’s southwest side is one of the neighborhoods the city has identified as being plagued with mosquitoes.
A vector control technician sprayed for mosquito larvae in a large pool of standing water not far from Spicewood Park Elementary School.
“They (mosquitoes) are bad here,” said neighbor Manuel Pena. “And it (spraying) is not helping.”
Pena said he has tried everything this year to get rid of mosquitoes but said nothing has worked.
"They just seem like they are waiting for you to get out of the house to attack you," said fellow neighbor Carmen Flores.
There have always been a lot of mosquitoes, Flores said, but she has never worried about them until this year.
“I never heard about someone dying until the other day,” she said. “I was like, ‘Oh, my God’.”
The city’s Metro Health Department said the additional spraying and fogging this week should help but added it needs property owners to also do their part.