The Houston area is expecting a major increase in their mosquito population as water left over from the hurricane recedes and forms pools in low areas. The Director of the Mosquito Control Division for Harris County's Health Department expects mosquito populations to increase drastically a week or two after the hurricane water recedes. This influx is especially worrying because the West Nile Virus was already present in Houston before the floods.
Harris County plans to spray affected areas continuously until mosquito populations return to normal. Residents are being asked to drain any standing pools of water in their yards that may have formed in tires, kid pools, and even dog bowls. Residents are also encouraged to place mosquito donuts in any standing water that cannot be drained. The donuts kill larvae but do not harm anything else in the area.
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