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Posted on: June 27, 2018

The Buzz on Local Mosquito Control

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La Marque city officials are receiving a high number inquires of mosquito control. Here’s the skinny!

Galveston County Mosquito Control manages mosquito spraying for City of La Marque. Citizens can check the spray schedule, which is posted after 3:00 p.m. on the County’s website: http://www.galvestoncountytx.gov/cs/mc/Pages/default.aspx. The Current Spray Schedule shows what areas have recently been sprayed and what is planned to be sprayed. There is also a Past Spray Schedule available.

To request a spray, call 800-842-5622 or email mosquito.control@co.galveston.tx.us. This helps Galveston County Mosquito Control staff know what areas of the county need attention.

According to Galveston County Mosquito Control’s website, mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water or slow-moving water. Even the smallest of puddles can breed thousands of larvae. Protect yourself and don’t give mosquitoes a place to breed.

  • Remove sources of standing water such as, empty containers, tires, pots, wheelbarrows, and anything else that could hold water.
  • Repair leaky sprinklers or outside faucets.
  • Clean out clogged rain gutters.
  • Change the water in bird baths, pet dishes, and water troughs at least twice a week.
  • Keep trash containers covered so they don't accumulate water.
  • Maintain and keep your pool treated. Don't let pool covers retain water. Some ornamental ponds can be treated with larvicide. Follow label instructions.

Did you know Galveston County Mosquito Control began its operation on May 1, 1955? Year after year of enduring the hordes of salt marsh mosquitoes lead the citizens of Galveston County to form an association to develop a plan of action. Dr. Carl A. Nau, then Chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health of the University of Texas Medical Branch, was made President. He along with Mr. Ed J. Fox, then Superintendent of Union Carbide, and Mrs. J.D. Smollen, a newspaper publisher, spearheaded an Advisory Committee. Read more: http://www.galvestoncountytx.gov/cs/mc/Pages/History.aspx

Galveston County Mosquito Control has 13 full time employees, 17 spray trucks, two aircraft and an annual budget of more than a million dollars that they use to protect us from those pesky bugs! The employees are dedicated to improving the quality of life for Galveston County residents while increasing public education. Mosquito Control services are available to all county residents. Direct services include inspections, larvicide applications and truck sprays. They do not spray private roads or properties. 

For additional resources, frequently asked questions, ZIKA information and more tips for backyard mosquito control, visit http://www.galvestoncountytx.gov/cs/mc/Pages/default.aspx.

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