The Harris County Health Department plans more aerial spraying for mosquitoes tonight and tomorrow night, because the West Nile Virus is again showing up in mosquitoes and dead birds. Houston Public Radio’s Jim Bell reports.
County Mosquito Control Director Dr. Rudy Bueno says even though the county has had only one confirmed human case of West Nile Virus this year, the virus is still out there. It’s been confirmed in four dozen dead birds and just over three dozen mosquito samples — on the northeast, northwest and west sides of the county. Bueno says aerial spraying begins in those areas tonight.
“The best way to handle it is with the plane, because these areas aren’t as easy to get to, as some of the areas in the inner loop. The road systems don’t get into areas where we need to get to, and so the plane is best way to take care of that.”
The spray plane will cover a broad swath of Harris County, running from Katy on the west, across the northwest and north ends of the county all the way to Humble in northeast Harris County.
“The reasons why we target these areas is because, especially in the northeast and northwest part of the county, they are very thickly vegetated. And so by spraying with a plane, the insecticide can get into those areas where our normal routine ground based spraying can’t get to.”
Bueno says we can thank the rainy weather in June and July for all the mosquitoes here in August. The spraying will be done two straight nights, beginning just after dark and continueing through 4 AM. Jim Bell, Houston Public Radio News.