How can I get mosquito fogging in my neighborhood?
El Paso, Texas —
Roman, a viewer who lives in Socorro, sent me a question asking why the city wasn't responding to multiple requests from Socorro neighborhoods to fog their areas for mosquitoes following all the recent rainfall.
He didn't specify whether he went to the city of Socorro or the city of El Paso with his request. That's important, because a few years ago the city of El Paso took over responsibility for mosquito fogging across El Paso County, after the city-county health district was dissolved.
The city of El Paso now has interlocal agreements with communities across the county -- including Socorro, Clint and Horizon City -- for fogging services, also known as vector control.
Rick Isaias, a spokesman for the city of El Paso's Environmental Services Department, said vector control crews respond to all requests for mosquito fogging, but they determine which areas get priority for fogging based on the density of mosquitoes they find in traps, along with lab results that indicate the presence of mosquito-borne diseases such as the West Nile or Zika viruses.
Isaias also said when vector control gets multiple requests for mosquito fogging from the same area, workers respond to the original request.
Vector control crews also usually work when most people are sleeping, between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
If you’d like to find out whether crews have fogged your area, you can contact the city of El Paso's Environmental Services Department, which now handles vector control countywide.