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Be Prepared: How to Keep Off the Mosquito Menu


The unprecedented amount of rainfall in North Texas this spring has left behind an unprecedented number of mosquitoes. With a nearly endless supply of standing water for breeding, the mosquito population is exploding in the area – which means millions more hungry insects will be out for blood.

Mosquitoes can carry a variety of diseases, including West Nile virus and the Chikungunya virus, which can be transmitted to humans through the mosquito’s bite. With the huge increase in the mosquito population, it’s more important than ever for people to protect themselves from risk of disease, particularly the elderly, who are at greater risk from the infection.

To help protect yourself from insect bites and avoid the chance of infection, follow these tips this summer:

  • When you are outdoors, use insect repellent. Even if you only plan on being outside for a few minutes, it’s a good idea to use it. Repellents containing DEET are the most effective. To remind yourself, try keeping a can of insect repellent beside your door.
  • Avoid going outside at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Drain any standing water in your yard, such as flower pots, buckets and puddles. This will deprive mosquitoes of breeding grounds within your yard itself.
  • Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes from invading your home.
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