As officials statewide monitor the West Nile Virus crisis impacting multiple cities, Missouri City reminds residents to take extra safety precautions to avoid mosquito bites.While Staff has received no reports of infection, the Division of Emergency Management is communicating regularly with the Fort Bend County Department of Health and Human Services, which has regional responsibility for health matters. The Department tests mosquitoes weekly for the disease and to date has confirmed two cases countywide, neither of which was in Missouri City.Additionally, details on how you and your family can “Fight the Bite” can be found on the City’s emergency preparedness website: MissouriCityReady. “If you or a loved one has been recently bitten by a mosquito and are having the following West Nile Virus symptoms: fever, headache, fatigue, body aches, skin rashes and swollen lymph glands, please contact a physician immediately,” said Emergency Management Coordinator Judy Lefevers. Experts note that although the virus can be deadly, a majority of people who are infected have no symptoms and recover on their own.
To take a bite out of the pesky mosquito populations, which increased due to the recent rains and hot temperatures, Missouri City is spraying all communities every Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Spraying will continue until the first week of November.Special attention will be given to locations where mosquitoes swarm, including public drainage areas and parks.“Mosquitoes can be a health hazard and the additional spraying will complement the prevention measures we already have in place to keep the populations low,” said Sharon Valiante, Assistant Director of Public Works. “Residents can assist with the control measures as well. Your best defense against being bitten is to be prepared.
”Mosquito control methods that staff recommends to residents include:
Empty any containers that collect standing water
Empty wading pools
- Clear away backyard clippings where mosquitoes can breed
- Change water in bird baths and flower cuttings every few days
- Clean drainage ditches of debris and weeds
- Clear rain guttersReport illegal dumping of tires
- Store pet food and water dishes that are not being used
- Do not leave garbage can lids lying upside down and do not allow water to collect in the bottom of garbage cans
- Use repellent when outdoors
- Spray your yard with an outdoor mosquito spray
- Spray inside your home using a “flying insect spray”. Please be sure to follow directions on the label.Wear protective clothing while outside
For more information, please call 281-403-8500 or visit the City’s website at www.missouricitytx.gov.