Residents in south Longview wary of rise in mosquitoes
POSTED: Friday, August 30, 2013 - 10:00am
UPDATED: Friday, August 30, 2013 - 10:14am
Longview, TX — Wanda Owens said Thursday mosquitoes on Maple Street in south Longview are worse than anywhere else she has lived.
So, she wasn’t surprised to learn more than 800 Culex mosquitoes were trapped earlier this week in her neighborhood.
Just 50 Culex mosquitoes are enough for the city to start fogging.
“They’re (mosquitoes) some real big ones,” she said. “I don’t know where they’re coming from but they’re some large ones,” Owens said.
Chances are the mosquitoes swarming around Owen’s house aren’t Culex mosquitoes — carriers of West Nile illness.
They are tiny and fly almost exclusively at dusk and dawn.
Mary Ann Miller, spokesperson for the Longview City Manager’s office, said the high count brought swift action from the environmental health department.
“We are on our guard against mosquitoes,” she said. “When we have mosquito amounts like we found Wednesday, we definitely want to be aggressive with treating those areas.”
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