The first of the 32 routes in Corpus Christi will begin in Flour Bluff at Routes 27, 28 and 29 and continue across the city, Mayor Guajardo said.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Editor’s Note: The video above was taken on Monday May 10th and features interviews about the late start of spraying for the pests.
The city’s mayor, Paulette Guajardo, announced Tuesday that Corpus Christi Vector Control will begin spraying mosquitoes on three routes in Flour Bluff.
The first of the 32 routes in Corpus Christi will start with Routes 27, 28 and 29 and continue across the city, Mayor Guajardo said.
“The spray routes are set after the mosquito traps are checked,” said Guajardo. “Areas with the highest concentration of mosquitoes will be attacked first.”
Preliminary spray route plan::
- Tuesday May 11th: Routes 27, 28 and 29 (Flour Bluff)
- Wednesday May 12th: The Island / Routes: 30, 31, 32
- Thursday May 13th: Southside / Routes: May 26th, 25th
- Friday May 14th: Southside / Routes: May 21-23
What was the traffic jam?
City officials said the late start of spraying for the pests was due to our severe winter weather.
Joel Skidmore of City Vector Control said there were numerous reports of mosquitos this weekend following our recent rainfall.
As the bugs bite this weekend, the city is using scientific methods to determine how large the active mosquito population has become.
“We’re going to pass the number in the traps,” Skidmore said. “Well, some people may not appreciate or understand that, but again it’s strategic. That way we get to the areas where we know the breeding is happening. And again it’s along the coast, along the river basin. Flour, obviously Bluff and the island gets mosquitos very badly. “
Skidmore said once they get to the breeding areas they are ready to spray the rest of the town.
“There is a lot of stagnant water and it depends on the amount of rain we have,” said Skidmore. “It depends on the drains that are available. So we always ask citizens to proactively help us. Something as simple as a children’s pool in your yard can be a breeding ground for mosquitos.”
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