Metro Health: More rain means more mosquitoes

San Antonio Metropolitan Health District busy spraying pooled water areas

Author: Paul Venema, Reporter, pvenema@ksat.com
Published On: Sep 17 2012 05:35:31 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 17 2012 05:43:06 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

Crews from the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District’s vector control division were busy Monday waging their usual post-rainfall battle against the mosquito population.

“We’re keeping on top of things,” said Stephen Barscewski, the department’s sanitarian services manager.

He said that crews are paying particular attention to new areas where water pools following a heavy rainfall such as last week-end’s rains.

The health department is urging citizens to do their part in controlling the mosquito population by removing standing water from plants, pots and pans, children’s outdoor toys and any other items in where water has pooled.

Barscewski said that though they are always concerned about the spread of the West Nile virus by mosquitoes, there is some good news.

He said the mosquito season in San Antonio is nearing an end.

“September and October is when the mosquito dies off,” Barscewski said.

But he quickly added that San Antonio never gets cold enough to kill off all of mosquitoes.

According to Metro Health, there have been 19 confirmed cases of West Nile virus here. That includes two deaths.