By Camaron Abundes
ECTOR COUNTY- Puddles around the county scare Ruben Aguilar, he knows all too well mosquitos multiply in stagnant water. Last month he joined the Ector County Health Department as a part time member, who handles vector control, a position left vacant for two years due to staff shortages.
"That scares me. That's not good, that's aPuddles around the county scare Ruben Aguilar, he knows all too well mosquitos multiply in stagnant water. mosquito haven right there," Aguilar said as he looked at an area near University and 19th, full since the last rain.
Aguilar will now handle all referral calls for the Ector County Health Department. Director Gino Solla said finding a licensed pest specialist wasn't easy, but they're happy to offer mosquito control again.
"[Mosquitos] will probably come out in full force, and then if we don't continue to receive water they'll probably die off pretty quickly," Solla said.
According to numbers provided by Kathy Parker, Regional Veterinarian for Zoonosis Control for the Texas Department of State Health Services, in 2007 there was one reported death from the West Nile Virus, two other people became ill in Ector County.
"We're going to be hitting the alleys and the low lying areas," Aguilar said.
Days of rain left behind stagnant water, but if residents call the health department at 498-4141 ext. 1002 they will spray public areas to help keep down the mosquito population.
"We don't just go and randomly spray the whole county," Solla said.
Aguilar says mosquitos often multiply in tall grass and by maintaining your property you can help limit the population in your area.
The Midland Health Department and the City of Odessa also offer mosquito fogging by referral.