The City of Edinburg's DSWM provides the basic service of mosquito control to its residents. During the summer months and rainy seasons our department provides this necessary service in order to protect the health and welfare of our citizens. Effective protection starts by ridding the area of mosquitoes before they appear. We take pride in helping to protect your families by offering larvicide and adulticide services as weather and conditions deem allowable. To report mosquito problems in your area, please contact the DSWM. We will conduct an onsite evaluation of your area and formulate a response based on our findings. It is important to know that a call may not always result in active fumigation of your area. Our department follows the City Integrated Pest Management Program which delineates what steps must be taken prior to active fumigation.
City of Edinburg Solid Waste Management Department Director Ramiro Gomez discusses the efforts being made in mosquito prevention.
Breeding Prevention Tips
Follow these tips on how to prevent mosquito breeding around your home:
- Do not allow standing water to accumulate for more than two days. Common areas to check: old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools, flowerpot saucers, pet dishes, plastic covers or any container that may collect water.
- Change the water in birdbaths, fountains and wading pools at least once a week.
- Clean debris from rain gutters and remove standing water under or around structures.
- If you have a flat roof, check for standing water several days after a rain.
- Check rain barrels fro mosquito larvae. A tight cover will prevent egg laying. A thin layer of oil will kill mosquitoes already present.
- Repair leaks or clear away puddles from around faucets and window air conditioning units.
- Stock ornamental pools with minnows or goldfish (they eat mosquito larvae on the water surface) or treat the pools with biological larvicide (chemicals or natural bacteria that can be used to kill mosquito larvae).
- Be sure to keep swimming pools, saunas and hot tubs clean and chlorinated. If not in use, keep empty and covered.
- Empty accumulated water from boats and cargo trailers.
- Fill or drain large puddles, ditches and swampy areas.
- Remove, drain or fill tree holes and stumps with mortar.
- Keep hedges and bushes trimmed to reduce shade.
- Mow the lawn at least once a week. Mosquitoes can hide in the shade of tall grass.
- Make sure window, doors and porches are tightly screened and are free of holes.
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