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Vector Control provides update on mosquito situation

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Vector Control crews spent Monday morning replacing the canisters in the Gravid mosquito traps across town. Vector Control crews spent Monday morning replacing the canisters in the Gravid mosquito traps across town.
Vector Control officers also replaced the canisters in the New Jersey Light traps. Vector Control officers also replaced the canisters in the New Jersey Light traps.
Vector Control officers say they haven't found any mosquitoes with mosquito-borne illnesses. Vector Control officers say they haven't found any mosquitoes with mosquito-borne illnesses.

There's good news from the city. So far, Vector Control officers haven't found any mosquitoes with West Nile Virus, St. Louis Encephalitis or Zika in our area.

On Monday morning, KRIS 6 News tagged along with Vector Control officer Tony Pantoja as he replaced the mosquito traps' old canisters with new ones.
Vector Control officers have set up 14 New Jersey Light Traps across the city. The light in the trap attracts mosquitoes. The light traps are out between the months of March through November. Crews check them every day.

Crews also replaced the canisters in the Gravid traps. The white traps have a PVC pipe that holds a mixture of dirty water and grass that collect mosquitoes. Crews set up 28 Gravid traps all around town between May and November. They set them up on Monday mornings and pick them up on Tuesday morning. The samples taken from the Gravid traps are sent to Austin where they get tested for mosquito-borne viruses. If a virus is found, the state notifies Vector Control immediately.

Pantoja said, "They will notify me by phone and email. I let the supervisors know that we have a positive site. They will let the head of the (Corpus Christi) Police Department know and we'll let the media know. So, the public can know what's going on."

Pantoja asks the public to help the city keep the mosquito population down by getting rid of standing water. If you can't get rid of it, use dunks. Pantoja adds if you have collected rain water in a container to water your plants, keep it covered. Pantoja says if you have mosquito problems in your yard, purchase "Yard Guard" Insect Killer at the hardware store. You can spray it on your yard and bushes.

   

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