City braces for mosquitoes, West Nile
POSTED: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 4:48pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 5:07pm
EL PASO, TX (KTSM) — Monsoon season has arrived in the Borderland and that has the city bracing for the return of mosquitoes and West Nile Virus.
The insects lay their eggs in standing water. The city has been busy spraying ponds and ditches in the area to try and keep larvae from hatching.
"We treat for mosquitoes all year round because it doesn't get that cold in El Paso so throughout the whole year there's mosquitoes breeding so we check street drains, reservoirs, ponds, anywhere there's wonder ponding or standing and we got check that and if we need to treat that," said Danny Soto of El Paso Vector Control.
It typically takes mosquito larvae about seven days to hatch, but hot weather speeds up the process.
When temperatures are around a hundred degrees it only takes three days.