Texas to Conduct Aerial Mosquito Control in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

The rain left behind by Hurricane Harvey has created large areas where mosquitoes can lay their eggs. To address increasing numbers of mosquitoes and the risk they pose to the recovery effort and public health, DSHS has activated its contract for aerial mosquito control and requested additional mosquito control assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Most mosquitoes that appear after floods are nuisance mosquitoes that don't spread disease but can have a serious effect on recovery operations by preventing responders and people affected by a disaster from being outside. Areas of standing water can also increase the number of mosquitoes capable of spreading diseases like West Nile virus and Zika.

People can help control mosquitoes during the recovery effort by dumping out standing water around their homes and businesses and applying a commercially available larvicide in water that can't be drained. People should also avoid mosquito bites by using an EPA-registered mosquito repellent every time they go outside and making sure their window and door screens are in good repair after the storm to keep mosquitoes out of homes.

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Last updated September 6, 2017