New Braunfels taking battle to mosquitoes before season starts

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by Eric Gonzales / KENS 5

kvue.com

Posted on May 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas -- Despite great weather, New Braunfels officials are heading off mosquito season early this year.

They want area residents to be aware of water trouble spots before mosquitoes really start to become a problem.

Residents can call the New Braunfels Streets and Drainage Department and let them know about standing water in their area.

The department will work on preventing the growth of the mosquito population by limiting the standing water.

"We put out a notice. This is the first year that we’ve done the notice to let folks know that if they have locations of mosquitoes to give us a call,” says John Cox, manager for Streets and Drainage.
 
The city wont be spraying for mosquitoes, but instead will be treating wet areas with mosquito dunks that they will drop in stagnant water.

The dunks kill mosquito larvae before they have a chance to become adult mosquitoes. Homeowners who live near tributaries and waterways said they are all for it.
 
"I have a 10-month-old baby," said Kristi Brandt, a homeowner who lives near a pond. "She’s a little baby. She’s actually been bit up a lot since the rain. So it’s pretty smart that they're doing that."
 

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