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Warmer temperatures attracting mosquitoes throughout Borderland

Warmer temperatures attracting mosquitoes throughout the borderland

Unseasonably warm weather is attracting mosquitoes to the borderland.

But the city is taking proactive measures in order to brace for the spring.

Although we don’t hear too much about mosquitoes during the winter time, they still exist and in fact hibernate during that time.

That is why code compliance officers in El Paso are getting busy trapping those mosquitoes that wait out the winter.

It’s called storm drain fogging, and it’s what El Paso code compliance officers do to trap mosquitoes during this time of year.

Compliance officers set up light traps in storm drain sewers to attract mosquitoes throughout the city.

Inside the light traps is a net that catches the mosquitoes.

The storm fogging process takes 20 minutes per storm drain and is revisited monthly,

Pete Ortega is a code compliance inspector who said with temperature warming up, mosquitoes are already breeding.

“They go look for places to hide and one of the places they like to do is your house. They’ll go to your screens and they’ll wait till somebody opens and they’ll go in and hibernate inside your home,” Ortega said.

Ortega adds that people should check outside their homes for standing water.

Ortega says standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes so it’s a good idea to get rid of it.

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