Vector Control

What is Vector Control?

A vector is any insect or arthropod, rodent or other animal of public health significance capable of harboring or transmitting the causative agents of human disease, or capable of causing human discomfort or injury.
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The Purpose of Vector Control is to monitor and control mosquitoes that are capable of transmitting disease to humans. The Vector Control Division is responsible for controlling mosquitoes through education, natural, and chemical means. Vector Control also performs bee eradications (outside the structure only). Vector Control also informs the public on how to control fleas on their property.


Our Vector Control Inspectors do surveillance everyday by looking for mosquito breeding sources in their areas. In between service requests, our inspectors are checking drains, gutters, and ditches throughout the city. Anything that can hold water for longer than one week has the potential to be a breeding source. On a weekly basis our Vector Control sets up 54 mosquito traps throughout the City of Brownsville and ship the samples to Austin for testing of any transmittable viruses that mosquitos can spread.

Private Property Vector Control

The Vector Control does not treat private property for insect (fleas and ticks) or rodent problems. The most common pest control to use for private properties is a Private Exterminator.