Rains bring increased chance of mosquito problems - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/24/10

Rains bring increased chance of mosquito problems

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Posted by Ben Lawson - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - With the recent heavy rains, there is an increased likelihood of mosquito activity throughout the South Plains. The City of Lubbock Vector Control is monitoring water sources in the City and in the County to minimize the potential for mosquito development.

City of Lubbock Vector Control says prevention is the key to eliminating the risk of exposure to mosquitoes.  They have these tips for citizens to reduce exposure:

Protecting your Home and Work Environment:

  • Install or repair window and door screens to keep mosquitoes from coming indoors.
  • Get rid of standing water around your house or business. Mosquitoes need water to breed. Empty plant saucers, pet dishes, and any containers, such as old tires that have collected water. Change the water in kiddie pools, pet dishes and birdbaths daily.
  • Walk around your yard and business area, looking for standing water that you may have overlooked. Places like rain gutters, loading docks, and other low-lying areas may be holding water in places that are usually dry. Remove the water from these pools to eliminate further breeding grounds.
  • Keep your yard mowed. Mosquitoes hide in tall brush and grasses.



Personal Protection Activities:

  • Avoid being out when mosquitoes feed – usually at dawn and dusk.
  • Wear protective clothing. Long sleeves and pants when outdoors.
  • Use appropriate repellant and according to instructions on the label.

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