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City to begin mosquito control spraying

Posted at 12:35 PM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-17 13:36:51-04

Corpus Christi’s Vector Control is set to begin spraying for mosquitoes tonight.

According to Vector Control Director Mike Gillis, crews will begin spraying in the Calallen area tonight at about 8 p.m.

The city says spray routes are determined based off of the number of mosquitoes found in mosquito traps, with areas having the highest concentration targeted first.

On Tuesday, crews scheduled to spray in the Annaville area around the Corpus Christi International Airport.

Crews are expected to spray in Flour Bluff and Padre Island on Wednesday.

Tentatively, the city is planning to spray in the following areas over the coming days:

  • Monday September 17 – Routes 1, 2, 3
  • Tuesday September 18 – Routes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Wednesday September 19 – Routes 30, 31, 32, 28

The city says that after any significant rainfall, it is important for the public to remember their role in the effective control of mosquitoes.

There are a number of different mosquito species, some being active at night and others during the day.

Aside from standing water, tall grass is a popular breeding area for many species of mosquitoes, so please keep your grass and vegetation trimmed closely.

Vector Control is asking the public to help them by taking care of your property. Remember the 5 D’s of Defense:

DEET – Use insect repellent containing DEET.
DRESS – Dress in long sleeves and pants when you’re outside.
DAWN, DAYTIME and DUSK – Dawn, Daytime and Dusk are the times of day when mosquitoes are most active. Avoid being outside during these times of day to prevent bites.
DRAIN – Regularly drain standing water, including water that collects in empty cans, tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters and saucers under potted plants. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water.
DOCTOR – Consult a physician if you feel sick after being bitten.