The heavy rains from Hurricane Harvey have put the Brazos Valley in a highly susceptible position for mosquitoes. With a plethora of standing water, mosquitoes have more places to breed and lay their eggs. Mosquitoes are more than a pesky bug that leaves behind itchy bites. They also carry diseases like Zika and West Nile virus.
In order to protect the community from mosquitoes, the Brazos County Health Department wants to remind you to:
- Eliminate standing water, which mosquitoes need to breed (children’s toys, birdbaths, flower pots, buckets, fire pits, tires, etc.)
- Use mosquito dunks
- Unclog roof gutters
- Avoid outdoor activities when mosquitos are most active, dusk to dawn
- Repair/replace the screens on your windows and doors
- Use insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus
- Use protective clothing and gear like long sleeves, long socks, closed-toe shoes, and long pants
- Plant mosquito repelling plants like lavender, citronella, and mint
FREE mosquito dunks are available for City of Bryan and City of College Station residents at the following locations:
Bryan (1111 Waco Street, Bryan) between 8 am-5 pm
College Station (1101 Texas Ave., College Station) from 9 am-12 pm & 1 pm-4 pm
For more information, visit www.brazoshealth.org or call 979-361-4440.