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Viruses Transmitted by Mosquitoes
Texas Department of State Health Services
information and educational materials on mosquitoes, West Nile virus and St. Louis Encephalitis.
More West Nile Info
Vector Control Services Available:
Mosquito control in the City of Corpus Christi
Hot Topic: Africanized Honeybees
-Swarming season for Africanized Honeybees is April through July, with a peak period May through June.
What You Should Know About Africanized Honey Bees
-Established colonies of bees may be found in various structures including houses.
Prevention of Problems
-Inspect your property before doing yard work.
If Attacked by Bees
-Immediately seek shelter. Cover your head and body if possible while you are running away from the bees.
Mosquito Control/Management & West Nile Virus
Controlling mosquito populations and reducing the risk for West Nile virus must be done on several fronts—education and prevention are at the forefront of those efforts. During mosquito season, it’s imperative that residents take steps to protect themselves and control mosquito populations at home.
Mosquito Management (MM)
Mosquito spraying has received a lot of attention in previous years; however, spraying or adulticide shouldn’t be the first line of defense against mosquitoes. For a number of years now, health authorities have concurred it is a less effective means of protection against mosquito-borne illness. However, if the problem progresses and there is a need for mitigation beyond surveillance and larvicide, the City may choose to exercise a spraying option.
Mosquito Control Around the Home
The most important thing citizens can do to reduce the risk of exposure to West Nile virus is to eliminate mosquito-breeding areas around the home and limit exposure to feeding mosquitoes. Many female mosquitoes can lay 100-300 eggs on the surface of fresh or stagnant water every third night during its life span. Here are some simple things citizens can do to eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites around the home:
West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne illness. Up to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms and will recover on their own; however, some cases can cause serious illness or death. People over 50 and those with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of becoming ill if they become infected with the virus.
The best defense is to practice these habits, known as the “Four Ds”:
To learn more about West Nile virus, see the Texas Department of State Health Services fact sheet.
Response to Detection of Zika, Dengue, Yellow Fever and Chikungunya Viruses
The response to these viruses will be based upon the method of detection:
Human host with confirmation of virus:
Confirmation through collection and testing: