Big Spring Battling Pesky Problem

by Jacqueline Sit

NewsWest 9

Mosquitoes have long posed a pesky problem plaguing parks and many other places.

"It has been pretty bad this year.  It started earlier than most," Robert Diaz with the City of Big Spring, said.

With the recent rain coming and going, leaving behind standing water, a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

"Mosquitoes can sit dormant for two years, once the water hits it, it becomes alive," Diaz said.

The problem is so bad; the City of Big Spring decided it was time to beat the bugs, paying $15,000 dollars for this thermal fogger.

"Some people appreciate the fog, but others think it's a menace," Diaz said.

The chemicals may look heavy, but it has no effects on human beings, and it takes care of all the mosquitoes in the area.

"This chemical we use now kills most adult mosquitoes, so we pretty much cover an array of species of mosquitoes," Diaz said.

A city crew sets out every night, seven times a week, fogging out these blood thirsty bullies.

"Inside this barrel is the chemical we use," Diaz pointed out.

This system covers four times the area than their mist fogger in half the time.

"A lot of the mosquito problems are created problems, water coolers, swimming pools that are neglected take care of that and you'll take care of that mosquito problem," Diaz said.

Now there are a few things you can do to keep these mosquitoes away, get rid of any standing water, and cut down any high weeds you may have in your yard.  City officials say their crews will continue fogging these areas until the cold weather comes in.