POSTED: Friday, July 13, 2012 - 1:03pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 13, 2012 - 1:54pm
EL PASO — The local Environmental Services Department is taking precautions to protect the community against mosquito-borne diseases. They are working to control the mosquito population now that monsoon rain has arrived in El Paso.
Code Compliance inspectors assigned to Vector Control will be checking and aggressively treating areas across El Paso County continuing where mosquitoes are likely to breed, such as drainage ditches and canals and other low-lying areas.
Residents can also help prevent and reduce the mosquito population. Environmental Services encourages residents to:
• Get rid of any standing water near or around your home
• Clean clogged roof gutters
• Keep your yard trimmed
• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools
• Change water in pet bowls and birdbaths once a week
• Properly dispose of old tires
Certain types of mosquitoes can carry West Nile Virus, which can be deadly to humans and horses. Residents should wear long sleeves and long pants and use mosquito repellent containing DEET if they plan to be outdoors during dawn and dusk hours.
So far this year, two batches of mosquitoes collected by Vector Control have tested positive for the West Nile virus. Last year, five pools of mosquitoes tested positive for the virus.
Residents are encouraged to report mosquito breeding by calling Environmental Services at 599-6290.