Here are some tips that may help keep mosquitoes away.
Mosquitoes are not expected to buzz off anytime soon.
Instead, an increase in mosquitoes may be seen because of standing water from Hurricane Harvey. And with the National Weather Service forecasting rain Saturday and Sunday, getting rid of standing water may not be an easy task.
The rain could make mosquitoes become a bigger problem, especially for people who are recovering from damage sustained from Harvey.
Officials are also warning residents that some mosquitoes that carry and transmit diseases may begin to arise in the area, according to a news release.
To help, The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is assembling Disaster Response and Mosquito Control Kits. The kits will contain educational information about handling food and drinks when losing power as well as needed supplies, Texas A&M Extension Program Specialist Elaine Montemayor-Gonzalez said.
Kits, which will be distributed in insulated bags, will also include first-aid kits, hand sanitizer, mosquito repellent and information about Zika. Nueces, Aransas, Refugio, Victoria, Calhoun, Matagorda and Brazoria counties – some of the hardest hit by Harvey – will receive the kits, Montemayor-Gonzalez said. AgriLife Extension will give out a total of 3,000 kits to those in need, she said.
AgriLife Extension will work in conjunction with county extension offices, agents and Healthy South Texas specialists to distribute the kits to residents working to rebuilding their homes and communities in the seven counties hardest hit, the release states.
Dumping standing water can help prevent mosquitoes, which lay their eggs in the water. If you can’t dump the water, mosquito dunks can be used to treat the water.
Mosquito dunks, which contain naturally occurring bacterium, can prevent larvae from growing and spreading diseases, according to Home Garden and Homestead. The dunks are not harmful to people, pets or plants. Dunks can be found at most home improvement stores.
“When people are spending time removing debris and cleaning outside their homes, they should apply mosquito repellent and wear long sleeves and pants,” Montemayor-Gonzalez said.
The Nueces County AgriLife Extension office can be reached at 361-767-5223 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found on their website, texashelp.tamu.edu.
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