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In recent days, citizens have raised questions about the City’s mosquito control program and spray schedule. To address residents’ inquiries, staff has compiled a list of frequently asked questions in relation to this topic:
Does Missouri City have a program to manage local mosquito populations?
Yes; the City has a strategic program in place that is targeted to work toward environmentally friendly control of adult mosquitoes and prevention of breeding sites. The contractor is Cypress Creek Pest Control and their agreement requires that four to five trucks spray every Thursday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning each year in May through the first week of November.
Spraying covers all streets and neighborhoods within City limits, including the private streets of communities that have provided a gate code for accessibility by the spraying contractor. Also, in addition to the contractor’s cycle, City staff sprays common areas where mosquitoes swarm like parks, green spaces, and the Quail Valley Golf Course.
If there are adverse weather conditions the contractor will spray on Friday evenings or the first available good weather evening afterward.
Missouri City’s mosquito control approach is a standard followed by other municipalities in the region as well.
What pesticide and spray method does the City’s contractor use?
Eco-friendly Kontrol 30-30 is sprayed in areas citywide, including key locations where mosquitoes swarm. Kontrol 30-30 is the industry standard insecticide and is also used by other regional cities such as Sugar Land, Tomball, Conroe and Rosenberg.
The City’s contractor uses an ultra-low volume spray method, which industry experts regard as the most efficient system for controlling adult mosquitoes. The City’s contractor performs this industry-standard application process in the early morning (pre-dawn), or at night when bees are not working the blooms to minimize any potential contact.
When the mosquito population increases, how does the City respond?
Staff closely monitors the issue, and when necessary, additional spray days are added for communities and greenspaces citywide.
Do residents and stakeholders have any input into the frequency of the spraying, location of spraying, or the product(s) used for spraying?
Yes; residents who have questions or concerns about the mosquito control program and spray schedule, may contact the City directly at 281.403.8500 or ‘Submit an Inquiry’ via this City website link: http://bit.ly/2I6CuiR.
What mosquito-borne diseases are of main concern in the Missouri City metropolitan area?
The West Nile and Zika viruses.
In regards to Zika, the Texas Department of State Health Services notes the following:
In regards to West Nile, the Department notes the following:
What are some preventative measures residents and visitors can take to “Fight the Bite”? Preparedness is essential to prevention and staff encourages residents to prepare themselves by following the 4 D’s:
In the event you get a mosquito bite, experts recommend the first-aid procedures below:
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