Website leaves residents wondering if old information applies to new mosquitoes

Posted at 4:24 PM, Jun 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-27 17:24:04-04

As Corpus Christi residents are battling mosquitoes that have emerged in the Coastal Bend following recent rains, people looking to the city’s website for updates on mosquito spraying may be a little frustrated.

The city’s mosquito spraying web page currently features a map of spraying zones, but no schedule.

The city’s new head of Vector Control, Mike Gillis, says posting updated spraying schedules is difficult, because of constantly changing timetables.

Listings that show where mosquitoes infected with diseases like West Nile haven’t been updated since 2016.

Gillis says the website shows the last positive infection results on mosquitoes caught in city traps.

“It could appear to the public or anybody looking at it that "oh my gosh, this hasn’t been updated since 2016" when in reality that’s the last time we had any mosquitoes with those diseases,” Gillis said. “People need to know and we are being proactive about that.  Hopefully we can whip the little critters pretty quick.”

Earlier today, information on scheduled mosquito spraying routes for the remainder of the week was posted to the Corpus Christi Police Blottter web page