City of Brownsville initiative allows residents to report mosquito activity
Brownsville city officials have continued their efforts in tackling the Zika virus with a new community-wide initiative.
The city of Brownsville hosted its first mosquito service request workshop to teach the community to be proactive in stopping mosquito breeding grounds, and introduced a new mosquito viewer notification system that allows residents report mosquito activity in their areas.
"It's not just about calling us and telling us there's mosquitoes--it's what you can do, or what action can they take around their own homes to decrease the population of mosquitoes,"said Brownsville Public Health Director Arturo Rodriguez. "Many people don't realize that mosquitoes don't fly in from the neighbor’s house. Mosquitoes are born in your backyard and they stay in your backyard for most of their life."
A map is then created through the system that tracks citizen's reports across the city.
"The areas are not going to be dangerous or anything like that," said Brownsville geographic information system coordinator Alvaro Silva. "That's just for our information, so that we know how to treat those areas and we know what the problems will be out in the colonias and out in the neighborhoods."
New innovative equipment, like the buffalo turbine, is also being used to tackle mosquito breeding grounds.
"Even then, we realize there's only so much we can do," said Rodriguez. "There are still some gaps. Those gaps can only be fixed by getting our residents to be proactive in minimizing the mosquitoes."
Brownsville residents can send in their mosquito service request on the city's website.