GEORGETOWN, Texas – For decades the City of Georgetown has sprayed for mosquitoes every summer citywide.
Several years ago, Georgetown changed the spraying to include only parks.
Now a record number of West Nile cases and deaths statewide has prompted officials there to be more proactive this season like never before.
“I think last year was a bellwether call to the public to mind the water that's standing on your property, to dress properly,” said Marcus Cooper with the Williamson County Heath District.
Until now each city in Williamson County did its own thing when it came to mosquito control.
Williamson County is now looking into hiring a specialist who will handle mosquito control by putting out larvacide in standing water. The specialist will also test for West Nile virus. The county could decide to spray only in problem areas where West Nile has been identified.
Recent rains this week are also adding to concern in Williamson County and beyond.
“In the next two to three days there will still be standing water and warmer weather. With the warmer weather comes the possibility that any small pools of water will be breeding grounds for mosquitoes,” Cooper said.
Williamson County is working on an ad campaign to remind citizens to dump standing water, to avoid the outdoors during dusk and dawn during peak mosquito season and to use repellents which contain DEET.