Mosquitoes multiply across the South Plains - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/29/09

Mosquitoes multiply across the South Plains

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -  "For the last few days they've been getting worse, they've been getting big, they've been getting black, they've been getting nasty," said Kevin Mills.  Of course, he is talking about mosquitoes as more and more of them are becoming a part of our summer activities.

"We've had a lot of rain since the beginning of summer in my opinion in this part of the world and of course with the rain and the increase in temperatures we're seeing increasing number of mosquitoes," said Dr. Ronald Warner with the Texas Tech Department of Family and Community Medicine. 

Warner has some advice to help avoid the mosquitoes so they won't get in the way of your summer activities. "The CDC and the state health department and the local health department tell folks practice the four D's," said Warner.  

The first D is Deet.  Deet is the active ingredient in Off bug spray.

The second D is dress.  Dress to avoid mosquitoes wear, long sleeves, pants, and hats when outdoors.

The third D to remember is dusk and dawn.  This is when they will be out in full force.

And the final D is drain.   Drain empty any containers of standing water around your home.

"Just deny access to places where mosquito eggs will mature," said Warner. 

Why are these 4 D's so important?  So far this summer there has been one reported case of the West Nile Virus in Floyd County.  "It's out there and of every 150 people infected, 1 or 2 of them of likely develop very severe neurological disease," said Warner. 

And besides the 4 D's another helpful tip is the use of outdoor candles and torches, but these are only effective if the active ingredient is citronella oil.

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