McAllen taking preventive measures to combat mosquitos

The city’s health and code enforcement department announced that they will begin spraying for mosquitos early Saturday morning.

According to a news release, the city will continue to spray for mosquitos as weather permits, depending on factors such as rain and wind speeds.

The news release also announced that the areas that will be sprayed include:

>> The City of McAllen Convention Center: Erie to Ithaca & 29th to Ware Road.

>> STC Campus: Quince to Ivy & 29th Street to Ware Road.

>> Nikki Rowe Campus: Warrior Drive/Vine Ave. to Pecan Boulevard and Ware Road to Bentsen Road.

>> Bentsen Royal Estates Subdivision: Bentsen Road to 45th Street & Daffodil to Harvey streets.

>> Del Sol Subdivision: Buddy Owens Boulevard to Quamasia & 26th Lane to 29th Street.

>> Hackberry Creek Subdivision: Frontera Road to Fullerton Avenue & 18th Lane to 23rd Street.

Health and Code Enforcement plans to control the mosquito populations in the community by raising awareness about preventative measures such as eliminating standing water, preventing mosquito larvae from hatching and spraying.

Neighborhoods in McAllen have already been surveyed to identify and treat areas of standing water that can serve as prime locations for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. In areas where puddles exist, the water can be treated to kill mosquito larvae with a chemical called a larvicide.

Some useful tips for residents to consider when trying to prevent the spread of mosquitos include:

>> Empty or remove cans, buckets, old tires, pots and other containers that hold water.

>> Keep gutters clear of debris and standing water.

>> Remove standing water around structures and flat roofs.

>> Change water in pet dishes daily.

>> Maintain backyard pools or hot tubs.

>> Cover trash containers.

Safe use of insect repellent with DEET and the use of protective clothing during dawn and dusk outdoor activities is recommended. For mosquito concerns please call (956) 681-3111 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and (956) 681-1900 after hours.