Longview spraying doesn’t reduce West Nile-carrying skeeters

Longview spraying doesn’t reduce West Nile-carrying skeeters

POSTED: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 11:33am

UPDATED: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 11:44am

Don’t forget to bring along the mosquito spray when you enjoy the fireworks tonight.

Most fireworks displays begin at dusk, a time when West Nile-carrying Culex mosquitoes are most active.

Early efforts by the city of Longview to control the mosquito population reduced the number of daytime mosquitoes, but there’s still an abundance of the Culex, city officials said Wednesday.

Longview Environmental Health Department Supervisor Buck Farrar said daytime mosquitoes, which are typically present this time of year, are scarce right now.

Normally, the department would field a lot of complaints from people being bitten while mowing yards after work or being outdoors in the afternoon hours, Farrar said.

It’s not happening this year.

“This mosquito (Culex) got the upperhand early and may have ousted the others,” Farrar said.

Read more from the Longview News-Journal.

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