There are over 3,000 species of mosquitoes in the world, over 200 species in the United States, 85 species in Texas, about 40 species in Wichita County, and only a handful of them transmit disease!
Mosquitoes can be really tiny or really big depending on the species. Fortunately, the largest ones that appear after floods do not transmit disease!
Only female mosquitoes bite to obtain blood to nourish their eggs. Male mosquitoes feed solely on nectar from plants.
It is easier to kill mosquitoes before they become adults because they are found in wet areas such as ditches, shallow ponds, gutters, and other containers. Adults are found everywhere because they fly!
The Vector/Mosquito Control Program controls epidemics of mosquito borne diseases such as West Nile Virus, Equine Encephalitis (WEE/EEE), St. Louis Encephalitis, Dengue, Malaria, Zika, and Chikungunya in Wichita Falls and in the unincorporated areas of Wichita County. This is accomplished by control of the mosquito vector. Mosquitoes are collected from traps and monitored for disease. Control is primarily accomplished by treating water in mosquito-producing sites to prevent the development of larvae. Adult mosquitoes from these sites are killed by an ultra low volume (ULV) truck mounted sprayer at night.
For more information on spraying for mosquitoes, click here.
For more information on trapping for mosquitoes, click here.
There are no fees associated with the Vector/Mosquito Control Program. Citizens can receive one free blister packet of Natular DT Mosquito Larvicide per year from the Environmental Health Division located at 1700 3rd Street, Wichita Falls, TX 76301. See Natular DT Mosquito Larvicide use guide here.
To report a high number of mosquitoes in your area, call the Vector Control Hotline 940-761-7890. You must provide your address and zip code (your name may remain anonymous). Please note, the Health District's priority is to spray for vector (disease spreading) mosquitoes. Nuisance mosquitoes may require a private Pest Control Operator.
The Vector/Mosquito Control Program does not perform Pest Control functions, such as treating private properties for mosquitoes, spraying for cockroaches, mice and rat exterminating, spraying for fire ants, ticks, and/or bee and wasp removal, etc. These functions are performed by professional Pest Control Operators listed in the yellow pages of the phone directory under "Pest Control Services".