Ector County Residents Alone in the Fight Against Mosquitoes

By Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY - It's the battle of the bugs across the Basin.

Several cities are spraying for mosquitoes after recent rains created a big breeding ground for them.

If you live in Ector County you may be fighting off those pests on your own.

They're pesky, annoying and sometimes disease carriers.

"It's getting to where you can't stand outside and stuff without getting affected by them," Charlie Dismute said.

The problem is being taken care of in Odessa, but not in the County.

Puddles and groups of stagnant water in Ector County aren't being sprayed for mosquitoes, but they're the perfect breeding ground for the pests.

Ector County Health Department Director Gino Solla says they can't until they hire a Vector Control Foreman - the person responsible for spraying for mosquitoes and other pests.

"We've had zero applicants with the required license to spray from Vector - such as mosquitoes, flies and any disease carrying insects," Solla said. 

That doesn't satisfy Dismute.

"Well then they need to go outside the County and stuff to find somebody," he said. "I'm not happy about this, I pay taxes and I'd like something done about it."

What about asking Odessa for help?

"I'm sure they have their hands full and stuff because they have a small program," Solla said. "We haven't asked."

They haven't asked private companies for help either.

"They couldn't help us unless they were willing to come and actually sign a contract with us and work for the County," Solla said.

Solla added he understands why people are frustrated, but it's for the best.

"It makes me feel bad because that's part of what our duties are," Solla said. "But the public has to understand for liability purposes and protect the public health, we don't want to spray a chemical that could be dangerous to their pets, that could be dangerous to them without the trained and licensed personnel to do so."

So for now, residents in Ector County will have to fight mosquitoes alone.