Record Rainfall Breeds Mosquito Problems On The South Plains - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/30/07

Record Rainfall Breeds Mosquito Problems On The South Plains

Record rainfall on the South Plains is leaving behind a pesky problem - mosquitoes.

So many mosquitoes, in fact, that Vector Control crews are spraying every single day, covering the entire city and Lubbock County. They started spraying off and on a few months ago and every day when the rain started.

The Lubbock City Health Department tells NewsChannel 11 they plan to continue spraying until the problem is handled. But there are some things you can do to help the problem. Experts suggest to keep your grass short, as it's a place where mosquitoes like to linger. 

They also say to drain standing water, as it will limit the number of places mosquitoes can breed around your home.

But as always, the best defense is the four "D's." They are avoiding outdoors at dusk and at dawn, dressing in long sleeves and long pants, using insect repellent with DEET and again draining any standing water in your yard. 

If mosquitoes are bad near your home, call the city to request they spray near there. That number is 775-3110.

At this time, there are no reports of West Nile on the South Plains.

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