Wichita County Prepares For Mosquito Increase

Published 06/13 2012 05:56PM

Updated 06/13 2012 10:11PM

    And with water comes mosquitoes, especially during this time of year.
    The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District expects an increase in those pesky critters this summer.
    Standing water is the main cause for the increase and the Health department says its been productive in keeping the mosquito population down.
    They will spray pesticides where there is a high level of mosquito activity such as the Tangelwood area, but they warn this method is not a preventive measure.
    "Stay in at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active," says Susan Morris from the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District. "If you're going to be out, dress in long sleeves and long pants with light color. Use a mosquito repellent with deet. It's most effective to repel mosquitoes and dump and drain any standing water."
    For those concerned about the West Nile virus, five or six out of the 40 different species of mosquitoes located in Wichita Falls carry the virus.
    It has been less than three years since a West Nile case has been in Wichita County.

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