What to do about mosquitoes and animal control

SAN BENITO — Gustavo Olivares has worked in public health for almost 20 years.

As the Cameron County Environmental Health director, he is a seasoned expert in all things public health.

He started out in animal control and worked in every department up to director. He is also the mayor of Rio Hondo.

Yesterday, he met with the San Benito Chamber of Commerce during their weekly “Coffee With” session to discuss a variety of topics.

However, the main topics of interest were animal control and mosquitoes. Olivares oversees several programs within his department, including animal control, sanitation, mosquito control, sewage, septic and subdivision planning.

The department, Olivares says, that keeps his staff the busiest is animal control.

“We run from the tip of Mexico to all over Cameron County while assisting several municipalities with authorizations,” he said.

The animal control department also administers rabies vaccinations.

“We also assist with baiting and vaccinating wildlife,” Olivares said. “We do this once a year. It’s done along the border.”

That way the possibility of homeowner’s pets contracting rabies from wild animals is significantly reduced.

Just recently, Cameron County commissioners have made a commitment to invest $1.3 million toward the construction of a new animal shelter.

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