Mosquitoes are known carriers (vectors) of many diseases, including the West Nile Virus, which may be harmful to humans, especially children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. In an effort to control the breeding of mosquitoes and to minimize their impact on area residents, various mosquito control activities are conducted in the Socorro area through an interlocal agreement with the City of El Paso.
Mosquito/ Vector Control Services
Mosquito control services are provided through an interlocal agreement with the City of El Paso. The City of El Paso’s Environmental Services Department responds to requests for mosquito fogging/spraying within the City limits of Socorro. To request mosquito fogging/spraying services please call (915) 212-6000
Larvicides are products used to kill immature mosquitoes before they become adults. They can be either biological (such as toxin from specific bacteria that is lethal to mosquito larvae but not to other organisms) or chemical products, such as insect growth regulators, surface films, or organophosphates. Larvicides are applied directly to water sources that hold mosquito eggs, larvae or pupae. When used well, larvicides can help to reduce the overall mosquito burden by limiting the number of new mosquitoes that are produced
Adulticides are products used to kill adult mosquitoes. Adulticides can be applied from hand-held sprayers, truck-mounted sprayers or using airplanes. Adulticides, when used well, can have an immediate impact to reduce the number of adult mosquitoes in an area, with the goal of reducing the number of infected mosquitoes that can bite people and possibly transmit West Nile Virus.
pools & standing water
Failure of an owner or occupant to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes in water on privately owned properties in the City of Socorro may result in a violation of our code of ordinances. Often, a notice of correction is issued to the owner or occupant, and if not corrected, a citation may be issued, involving a fine or appearance in Municipal Court.
During the 2013 Regular Session of the Texas Legislature, Senate Bill No. 186 was passed, allowing municipalities to treat, without notice to the property owner, certain cases of mosquito breeding in standing water at vacant residential properties