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City working to rid post storm mosquitos

September 18, 2018

HARLINGEN — In light of the downpour the Valley received last week, city officials are asking residents to help reduce the mosquito population so they can being spraying.

City officials are asking everyone to clear any stagnant water and to mow their yard at least once a week because mosquitoes tend to hide in the shade of tall grass.

Harlingen health director Josh Ramirez encourages everyone to dump water out from old tires and other containers in your yard that may collect water, such as flower pots and saucers under the plants.

“Standing water, even as little as one drop can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes,” Ramirez said in a press release.

The city is assessing areas that have standing water so they can begin spraying for mosquitoes. According to Ramirez, the chemicals will not be effective if they’re washed away with more rain.

ahernandez@valleystar.com

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