Mosquito tests positive for West Nile virus in Spring. When are mosquitoes coming?

By Cory McCord - Digital News Editor

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas - West Nile virus was detected in a mosquito in Spring last week.

The Montgomery County Precinct 3 Mosquito Abatement team detected the first positive test of the season Friday.

“Our office is working diligently to minimize the risk of contracting a mosquito-borne illness,”
Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack said.

READ: Protect yourself from West Nile virus

Spraying will begin Monday in the area where the positive sample was obtained. The same area will be sprayed Thursday. Treatment includes spraying all streets and county rights of way within the affected area twice in one week.

READ: Signs, symptoms of West Nile virus

“The one thing that all mosquitoes require to breed is a source of water. Be sure to turn over or
remove anything from your yard that can hold water,” Mosquito Abatement Director Justin
Fausek said. “If you have areas where you can’t get rid of the water, such as a birdbath or meter
box, you can treat it with a larvicide containing BTI instead.”

READ: What you need to know about mosquito protection

Residents are urged to check the treatment activity map to learn when their neighborhoods will be sprayed for mosquito control treatment.

County officials are urging residents to take proactive measures, such as using insect repellent, wearing long, light loose clothing and eliminating standing water.

WATCH: Mosquito safety tips

With the region's recent rains, this mosquito season is expected to be pretty bad. 

Officials are telling residents to remember to think WET:

  • Wear repellent
  • Eliminate standing water
  • Treat water you can’t eliminate

Anyone with questions is asked to email justin.fausek@mctx.org or call the mosquito phone line at
281-364-4203.

Residents who need help identifying breeding sites are asked to call 281-364-4203 to set up an appointment.

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