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After heavy rains, city prepares for war against mosquitoes

Posted: 7:29 PM, Jun 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-22 20:29:05-04

Many residents from the Coastal Bend have hoped for rain to hit the area, and this week it certainly did.

However, now that the rain has come and gone, it’s time to start prepping to fight the bite.

As locals will tell you, when storms cloud the skies over the Coastal Bend, a cloud of mosquitoes is never far behind.

Rather if it’s in trenches, ditches, or open water, mosquitoes are looking for a place to lay their eggs. Once these pests get a water source they can then begin to hatch.

The City of Corpus Christi is gearing up to attack those pesky visitors. Vector Control crew members will be looking for any standing water along the area on Saturday and Sunday.

Program Manager Mike Gillis with Vector Control said this is the department’s busiest season. Members will fight back against the oncoming swarms with specialized gear and equipment.

You can join the fight, by removing standing water from your property, reporting standing water in nearby drains, ditches or abandoned properties and stocking up on plenty of insect repellant.

Officials advise pet owners to be particularly cautious, as mosquitos can spread diseases and parasites to animal companions.