MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - The City of Midland is encouraging citizens to take steps now to avoid a bad mosquito season.
Rains and spring weather can result in standing water that is a breeding spot for mosquitoes that can carry disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 252 human cases of West Nile in Texas in 2015 alone.
The city is currently working to treat public areas with standing water and mow areas with tall grass.
Midlanders are encouraged to work on private property to eliminate mosquitoes by draining and removing things from their yard such as unused tires and pools, cans, and rainwater receptacles.
Other tips from the city are to clean and chlorinate swimming pools and hot tubs, drain water from pool covers and turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows.
Citizens can report grass and weeds that have grown taller than 18 inches by calling code compliance at (432)-685-7410 or by using the "Report a Concern" module at www.midlandtexas.gov.