Positive Case of West Nile Virus in Mosquitoes in B/CS

There are two new cases of the West Nile Virus found in Mosquitoes in Bryan and in College Station.

The Brazos County Health department set traps last week and the results just came back positive. Now both cities are working to knock out these disease carrying insects.

City crews are fogging areas in Bryan and College Station in hopes to not only kill mosquitoes but those carrying the West Nile Virus.

This comes after tests have come back positive in Brison Park in College Station and on North street in Bryan.

And to keep the public safe, the cities public works team uses multiple tactics to kill these pesky insects.

First step, is placing mosquito dunks around homes and standing water to kill mosquito larva. But if tests come back positive for the West Nile Virus, the city crews say they will take it a step further by fogging to kill the mosquitoes.

But instead of fogging the entire city, experts say it's more effective to treat the surrounding areas were the infected mosquitoes were found. And they will continue treat that infected area for about three days and then retest to make sure the mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus are gone.

The City of College Station has a Mosquito Abatement Program, which grant funds to registered neighborhood and homeowners associations. These associations can receive a rebate when they purchase mosquito dunks, which release live bacteria that is deadly to mosquito larvae but harmless to other living things.

If you are not part of a neighborhood or homeowners association, you can still purchase the mosquito dunks through the City of College Station at a reduced price, but you will not be eligible for the rebate.


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