After the recent flooding in Houston, we are faced with a new danger – mosquitos. Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack has a mosquito abatement program that puts public safety first.
Residents in Precinct 3 of Montgomery County were hit particularly hard with the recent storms and flooding. Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack knows that, even though the flood waters have receded, the health danger to his constituents is only beginning.
“Stagnant and standing pools of water are breeding grounds for mosquitos,” he said. “Several years ago, I put into effect a Mosquito Abatement Program for our precinct. This program helps to protect the public’s health and comfort while also remaining cost effective and environmentally safe.”
Noack strongly urges residents to help mitigate the proliferation of mosquitos in the aftermath of the storms. “While it’s a top priority for our sanitation services to collect the trash and flood debris that’s been accumulating, each resident should also do what they can to rid their property of standing water, such as in tires, birdbaths, empty flower pots and even water collected in plastic garbage bags.”
Mosquito bites can carry much more impact than just an unpleasant itch, warns Noack. “Hundreds of cases of West Nile are reported in Texas each year, and unfortunately the elderly, infirm and very young can even die from the virus,” he said. “Additionally, we are noticing a marked increase in Zika Virus, with more than 30 cases in Texas already reported.” The virus can affect pregnant women and cause birth defects in their unborn children.
Many questions about Zika Virus are largely unanswered, but because the area is a large travel hub and tourist destination, the possibility of an outbreak grows with each day. To date, there have been a dozen cases reported in Harris County, and Noack hopes that his precinct’s abatement program will keep Montgomery County Zika-free.
“The program looks to reduce the bugs at every stage of development by eliminating breeding grounds, killing larvae and spraying areas with heavy adult mosquito populations,” he said. “We also trap and test mosquitos for West Nile, Zika, malaria and other diseases.”
For more information on the Montgomery County Precinct 3 Mosquito Abatement Program, call Commissioner Noack’s office at 936-539-7817 or visit Precinct3MosquitoAbatement.