Vector Control

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What is Vector Control?


A vector is any insect or arthropod, rodent or other animal of public health significance capable of harboring or transmitting the causative agents of human disease, or capable of causing human discomfort or injury.
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Purpose


The Purpose of Vector Control is to monitor and control mosquitoes that are capable of transmitting disease to humans. The Vector Control Division is responsible for controlling mosquitoes through education, natural, and chemical means. Vector Control also performs bee eradications (outside the structure only). Vector Control also informs the public on how to control fleas on their property.

Surveillance


Our Vector Control Inspectors do surveillance everyday by looking for mosquito breeding sources in their areas. In between service requests, our inspectors are checking drains, gutters, and ditches throughout the city. Anything that can hold water for longer than one week has the potential to be a breeding source. On a weekly basis our Vector Control sets up 54 mosquito traps throughout the City of Brownsville and ship the samples to Austin for testing of any transmittable viruses that mosquitos can spread.

Public Information & Education


Vector Control utilizes press releases for public education and information. We offer one-on-one consultations to communicate strategies for preventing or eliminating disease vectors on private property.

Bee Control


When it is necessary to control bee infestations on public property (outside the structure), Vector Control will eliminate feral swarms and colonies through the use of integrated pest management. 

If there is bees please contact the local health department or a local exterminator. Do not attempt to exterminate or eradicate on your own.
 

Private Property Vector Control


The Vector Control does not treat private property for insect (fleas and ticks) or rodent problems. The most common pest control to use for private properties is a Private Exterminator.

Worldwide, rats and mice spread over 35 diseases.