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With three confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in College Station last month, you may be wondering what the city and county are doing to protect residents. It may not be exactly what you think.
You won't find a mosquito fogging truck along the streets of Bryan and College Station anymore. Both cities stopped doing mass sprayings about six years ago. Marshall Wallace with College Station's Public Works department explains why.
" We didn't have enough equipment to do the spraying that you really need to do. It's not as effective as going out and pre-treating the areas before you get the mosquitoes. And with fences and people's landscaping and all that, it's hard to get the fog where it needs to be," said Wallace.
Marshall works closely with the Brazos County Health Department, who was the first to know last month when 2 birds and some mosquitoes in College Station tested positive for West Nile.
"Right now with the West Nile, what we do is when we get a call from the health department, we go out and treat the area with hand foggers, backpack foggers. We do all the storm drains, all the inlet boxes," said Marshall.
While the city can only spray its property, there are mini foggers homeowners can purchase for under $80 and spray their yards themselves.
West Nile turned up late in the season this year. The health department says so far, people are doing a good job of protecting themselves.
" Hopefully with these measures that we've asked them to take, we'll be able to keep that number of human cases down," said Don Plitt with the Brazos County Health Department.
Bryan and College Station offer registered homeowners and neighborhood associations a $200 rebate on mosquito abatement products.
For more information on how you can get reimbursed call your city's public works department.