County begins combating mosquitoes, suggests caution

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2016, file photo, a female Aedes aegypti mosquito, known to be a carrier of the Zika virus, acquires a blood meal on the arm of a researcher at the Biomedical Sciences Institute of Sao Paulo University in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Recent weather conditions have resulted in ideal conditions for mosquitoes, and Hidalgo County will be having none of that, according to a news release.

The county will be working with local partners to begin fumigating, with some areas already having begun the process.

For best effect, fumigating needs to be done when mosquitoes are most active, which is during the late evening and early morning. In cases of standing water, larvicide is being used to take care of the insects before they hatch.

The county hopes its efforts will reduce instances of Zika, Dengue, West Nile and other illnesses, but also suggests residents take steps to avoid being bitten.

According to the news release, residents should use an insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever possible, get rid of standing water and keeping indoors during peak mosquito hours.

See http://www.texaszika.org/ for more.