Fighting mosquitoes with larvicide, fogging across Bexar County
SAN ANTONIO - Bexar County's public works director will present her plan for combatting the explosion of mosquitoes expected this year.
Warm temperatures and heavy rains this season means we'll see more mosquitoes; pests that can reproduce ever three days and lay up to 300 eggs each time.
Public Works Director Renee Green says the county is using traps to test the mosquitoes for the West Nile and Zika viruses, which can lead to serious health issues.
In addition, the county uses larvicide in certain areas to prevent eggs from hatching.
"We stepped up our efforts last year because of the Zika outbreak, so we are continuing that stepped up process," says Green. "We are putting the larvicide down, we started that back in March. And we started spraying last week. Fogging in the evenings when the weather permits."
The mosquito control program costs the county about $110,000 annually. County commissioners are expected to hear more about Green's plan at Tuesday's regular board meeting.