How To

Need help with mosquitoes? Here’s how to ask for help, what’s available where you live

HOUSTON – A bite?

If you have a mosquito problem in your area, there are ways to ask your county for help.

Brazoria County

Pearland Mayor Kevin Cole alerted us to this Brazoria County form that residents can use to request property spraying assistance.

The form asks for your location, name and contact information, and the time of day when mosquitoes are most active.

KPRC 2 called and looked at websites in nearby counties and found this information about getting mosquito help, though it seems a little more nuanced in some counties.

Chambers County

Chambers County has a mosquito control form that you can get here. Chambers County Mosquito Control offices are located at 336 Airport Road, Anahuac, Texas, 77514. The office can be found during regular business hours of 8 am to noon and 1 pm to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, at 409-267-2720. The website notes, “When the mosquitoes are bad, you may have to call several times to get through. Please be courteous to our receptionist when you call – remember it’s not her fault!”

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Galveston County

Galveston County posts its spray schedule and maps here. Mosquito control services are available to all county residents. Direct services include: inspections, larvicide application and truck spraying. The county does not spray private roads or properties.

Harris County

In Harris County, the Mosquito and Vector Control Department offers services to monitor mosquito breeding and prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases in Harris County. However, it notes in its materials that it does not provide spraying services.

You can submit a form — an Request to inspect a mosquito breeding facility to speak with a representative of HCPH Mosquito Control Division about the mosquito problem you are experiencing. If necessary, the office will schedule an inspection of your property for potential mosquito breeding sites. During the inspection, mosquito breeding sites will be identified and recommendations will be made to reduce the sources. He notes, “This is not a request for a treatment to eliminate mosquitoes.”

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Harris County has an interactive map that shows areas where spraying is proposed and has occurred this year.

Fort Bend County

Fort Bend Health and Human Services shares this information on its website:

“When there are mosquito samples in an area that are positive for West Nile virus, Fort Bend County Road & Bridge or the appropriate city department takes a targeted response to prevent mosquito breeding by increasing spraying and larvicide in the area until be given a sample of mosquitoes tests negative for the virus. Fort Bend County does NOT spray for nuisance mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are sprayed only to prevent vector-borne diseases. Testing is done by catching mosquitoes and sending the sample to be tested for viruses. Mosquitoes positive for West Nile virus do not necessarily lead to cases of disease in humans.

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“Fort Bend County said it is monitoring the type and number of mosquitoes present and sending samples for WNV testing. The county also sprays against nuisance mosquitoes, but is increasing spraying and larviciding in areas where mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus.”

Montgomery County

In the event that mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus, we will treat affected areas by truck using ULV (Ultra Low Volume) fog. After pesticide treatment is completed, testing of the area will be resumed to determine if disease activity is still present.

To prevent the abundance of nuisance mosquitoes and the potential for disease-carrying mosquitoes, we try to control them in their larval stage. With the help of county residents, we are looking for areas of standing water that mosquitoes need to survive. If the water cannot be drained, then we will treat the water with a larvicide that will kill the larvae.

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Wharton County

The City of Wharton is spraying mosquito repellent as needed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. One half of the city is sprayed on Tuesday and the other half on Wednesday. Spraying is not done if there is rain or the wind is above 10 mph. People with mosquito problems are asked to call City Hall and requests are forwarded to the county maintenance department.

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