TAMU Taking Additional Measures To Combat West Nile Virus

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

Texas A&M University is getting ready to take additional steps to combat mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus.

In recent months the Brazos County Health Department has trapped mosquitoes in several areas of campus that have tested positive for West Nile.
Faculty and students received an email from Texas A&M University saying the university will ground fog for mosquitoes in the early morning hours.

"We have so much shrubbery and foliage and whatnot and standing puddles of water and stagnant water. It is probably a good idea overall,” said Noah Clevenger, a Texas A&M student.

The university says a local pest control company will spray main campus near the Texas A&M golf course because mosquitoes in that area recently tested positive for the West Nile Virus. That area also contains the most foliage on campus according to the university.

Dr. Mark Johnsen with The Brazos County Health Department says the university has just been using mosquito dunks.

"They are a chemical that you add to standing water. They basically control the larvae form of mosquitoes. They basically kill them,” said Johnsen.

The existing mosquitoes on campus aren't being killed according to the health department.

So the university decided to combat that problem.

Some people are still unsure about the process.
"It might be harmful to the environment, and it might be harmful to us as well because we breathe the air,” said Irana Goll, a Texas A&M faculty member.

"The amount of chemical that is sprayed out of this, it is an extremely safe application of chemicals,” said Johnsen. There's no residual in this chemical, it is a contact poison, so it only kills what it hits, and it doesn't stay in the environment at all."

If more mosquitoes trapped by the health department test positive for West Nile, the university says they will continue to spray.

The mosquito fogging is expected to take place tomorrow morning at 6 a.m.

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