The city of Lubbock is getting ahead of mosquitoes and West Nile virus this year by using their new spray trucks to help prevent the bugs.
The two new trucks cost $20,000 each and have the ability to spray dry pesticide on dried up lakes before mosquitoes hatch.
Last year the city used liquid pesticide to kill off the bugs, but they had to wait until May to start spraying after the lakes filled with water.
The new pesticide will also last 20 days longer than the liquid kind and kill more than one generation.
The early start also allows the city to treat more parts of Lubbock.
"We've got approximately 900 playa lakes in Lubbock County," said Vector Control Coordinator Glenn Heinrich. "It takes a long time to get around to them all, with the man power and the time involved, we just need to get a head start before the rains come then we can stay ahead of them."
Heinrich said they're just waiting for the insecticide to come in and expects to begin spraying at the beginning of April.