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West Nile Virus Detected in West U Area | InstantNewsWestU.com

West Nile Virus Detected in West U Area

September 12, 2012

Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus were recently detected in the West U area, according to reports by the Harris County Mosquito Control Division.

The county has begun spraying within the 77005 zip code to minimize the population.

Harris County typically sprays Sunday – Thursday anywhere from 8:30 p.m. to 4 a.m., but spraying times can change depending on conditions.

The City of West U continues to spray city-wide every Monday night between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. and will be doubling the spraying to Thursday nights through September and possibly October.

Residents may contact the Harris County Mosquito Control Division office and request to be notified when spraying will occur within their street or block at (713) 440-3080 or (713) 440-3081.

Harris County will continue to spray in the West U area until they determine the mosquitoes prone to carry WMV have decreased. The city will continue to spray for nuisance mosquitoes through the end of October, which may be extended depending on mosquito activity.

Help minimize mosquito breeding areas by doing the following:
• Remove/empty containers that can hold water, such as, flower pots, buckets, toys, and plastic swimming pools.
• Bird baths and pet water bowls should be changed at least twice a week.
• Keep rain gutters clean and free of debris to prevent standing water.
• Repair leaks in irrigation system to prevent moist/damp areas in your yard.

For questions concerning West U’s spraying, contact Gerardo Barrera at gbarrera@westutx.gov or 713-662-5395.

For the latest information on efforts by Harris County Mosquito Control services, visit Harris County’s website at http://www.hcphes.org/hcmosquitoctrl.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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