Rio Grande Mosquito Problem

The recent rise in temperature and rainy weather has created a surge of mosquitoes in the Rio Grande Valley. The high number of mosquitoes in the area has caused some concern among the general public. The City of McAllen is taking measure to spray the residential areas and control the mosquito population as much as possible. The city almost uses 55 gallons of insecticides each year to spray on mosquitoes. Workers have been more active this year and targeting mosquito breeding areas like wetlands and water pools. The workers use a spraying machine and low-tech trap equipment to attract mosquitoes. The trap is built with a light and fan. Once the mosquitoes get stuck in the trap, they are sent to the lab to test for Zika virus, dengue fever and other illnesses that can be passed through mosquito bites. Last year, a resident was tested positive for Zika virus, so the health department of South Texas is taking extra precaution this time. Some residents in McAllen have developed…

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