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After recent rains, time to brace for mosquitoes


The rain the South Plains received this week was a welcome sight for most. However, with the good, comes the bad. As soon as Wednesday, residents could see mosquitoes start to pop up.

As water levels rise after heavy rains, mosquito eggs can hatch within just a few days. Mosquitoes lay eggs on standing waters that are left behind after rainfall. Steve Mahin, with Orkin Pest Control, says it doesn't take much.

"A couple of inches of standing water and warm temperatures and they can go from egg to adult in seven days." Mahin said.

Mosquitoes are not only annoying, they can be dangerous. Dr. Donald Warner with Texas Tech Health Science Center says they can transmit viruses like West Nile.

"Which causes the neurological signs, that if untreated can possibly lead to death," Warner said.

To cut down on mosquitoes on your property, here are some helpful tips:

  • empty any pots, buckets or old tires that might hold onto water.
  • change your pet's water bowls at least once a day.
  • and change out the water in wading pools and bird baths several times a week.
  • cover up trash containers that might collect water.
  • repair any leaking plumbing like faucets outside.
  • and keep drains and ditches clear of weeds and trash so water won't collect there, either.

Also remember to take care of your skin:

  • cover up your skin as much as possible, while staying comfortable.
  • always use a mosquito repellant - especially ones that contain DEET.
  • mosquitoes can bite through thin clothing so spray your clothes.

For more information, check out the Mosquito Fact Sheet from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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