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Dry weather helps keep mosquito population down




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A bit of good news for Texans who will be getting together with friends and family and for community celebrations: Not as many mosquitoes will be on the hunt as in previous years because of dry weather patterns.

“They’re a little bit down, but of course, with the increased activities outdoors, they’re going to be looking for a meal,” said Charles Boswell, owner of Mosquito Squad of Victoria. “I just encourage people to wear long, loose, light-colored clothing and wear repellent.” Boswell said DEET remains the standard-bearer for mosquito repellents, although those with lemon eucalyptus or Picaridin also have proved effective.

No West Nile virus-related deaths have been reported in the state so far this year.

Steps to control mosquitoes outside a home

Take the following steps to help cut down on the mosquito population:

•Empty or get rid of cans, buckets, bottles, old tires, empty pots, plant saucers, and other containers that hold water.

•Keep gutters clear of debris and standing water. Remove standing water around structures and from flat roofs.

•Change water in pet dishes at least once a day. Change water in wading pools and bird baths several times a week.

•Fill in low areas in the yard and holes in trees that catch water.

•Maintain your backyard pool or hot tub and be sure someone takes care of it if you are out of town.

•Stock ornamental ponds with fish that eat mosquitoes.

•Cover trash containers so they will not collect water.

•Water lawns and gardens carefully so water does not stand for several days.

•Repair any leaking plumbing and outside faucets.

•Screen rain barrels and openings to water tanks or cisterns.

•Keep drains and ditches clear of weeds and trash so water will not collect.

Source: Texas State Health Services
 

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