The Montgomery County Precinct 3 Mosquito Abatement team detected the first West Nile virus positive mosquito of the season in a sample tested in-house Friday, May 10.
Precinct 3 immediately sprayed the area where the positive sample was obtained. The surrounding area will be sprayed again Thursday. Treatment includes spraying all streets and county rights of way within the affected area twice in one week.
“Our office is working diligently to minimize the risk of contracting a mosquito-borne illness,” Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack said.
Residents can check the treatment activity map (http://www.precinct3.org/mosquito-abatement/) to learn when spraying will occur in their neighborhoods.
Residents are advised to avoid outdoor activity during the scheduled treatment hours. Residents should take personal protective measures, such as applying insect repellent; wearing long, light, loose clothing; and eliminating standing water.
“The one thing that all mosquitoes require to breed is a source of water. Be sure to turn over or remove anything from your yard that can hold water,” Mosquito Abatement Director Justin Fausek said. “If you have areas where you can’t get rid of the water, such as a birdbath or meter box, you can treat it with a larvicide containing BTI instead.”
For residents who would like assistance identifying mosquito-breeding sites in their drainage ditches or in the county right of way near their home, call 281-364-4203 to set up an appointment. Our teams can provide customized advice on how to deal with these issues.