Tablets fight mosquitoes
Sep 09, 2012 | 653 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The City of Gilmer is responding to the threat of mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus with insecticidal tablets to be put in standing water.

City Manager Jeff Ellington said that the city does not own a fogger, and that they ae not cheap.

Also, he said, fogger spray kills mosquitoes on contact, but once the fog dissipates, the insecticide action is lost because there is no residual effect.

The tablets that the city uses and will give to any citizen who requests them kills the mosquito young in the water before they complete the larval stage.

“Considering how late in the summer it is, we feel this is the most cost-effective way to combat the threat of mosquitoes,” Ellington said.

People should eliminate or treat standing water in old tires, flower pots, gutters, buckets, etc.

Sometimes emptying them will eliminate the problem.

Some deaths and illnesses have been reported in neighboring counties from the West Nile virus, which is spread by a certain type of mosquito.

One illness in Upshur County has been recorded by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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