Neighbors deal with mosquito problem on Texas/New Mexico border

Texas/New Mexico border where mosquitoes are seen. (Courtesy: CBS4)

Cheryl Ford lives on the border of New Mexico and Texas. Her home is located in Texas but her backyard is New Mexico.

Ford said it hasn’t been easy dealing with the wet weather.

"The mosquitoes have been horrible, especially since the rain," Ford said.

Ford believes the mosquito problem is coming from a wet area behind her home.

Ford said El Paso vector control could only treat the front of her home because the property behind her home is New Mexico.

Ford then tried calling the city of Sunland Park but only found disconnected numbers.

CBS4 Problem Solvers reached out to Sunland Park about the area of standing water.

Sunland Park, New Mexico representative Peter Ibarbo said mosquitoes breed in certain environment including tires, cans, plastic containers, weeds, trash or pools of water.

Ibarbo said the land owner is keeping his property clean and maintains some goats to keep the weeds under control.

"We determined that this has no issue on this property, there's no standing water," Ibarbo said.

But Ibarbo said that area is not the only mosquito attraction near Ford's home.

“In this particular case, there’s an alp alpha field across the street, there’s an irrigation ditch, so when it rains, there will be some standing water but that’s just a course of nature,” Ibarbo said.

Both Sunland Park and El Paso said they will spray where they can, but in the end, they cannot control farm area or wet weather when it comes.

“We are doing all we can to mediate that. We just ask our neighbors to be patient until monsoon season is over,” Ibarbo said.

To get a hold of the City of Sunland Park's vector control, call (575) 589-3631.

CBS4 Problem Solvers reached out to the owner of the area, who said he placed goats to help kill some of the mosquitoes.

Sunland Park said it sprayed the road behind Ford's home on August 29th and will continue to treat the road in the future.

For more information on the City of Sunland Park and their efforts to decrease the mosquito population, visit their website.

If you have a problem you would like CBS4 Problem Solvers to look into give us a call at 915-833-4411.


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