TYLER, TX (KLTV) - While the dry heat around East Texas isn't the best for lawns there is a way to keep pesky mosquitoes away.
Mosquitoes in East Texas aren't gone for good but they've definitely been less intrusive this year - at least, judging from the decreased amount of complaints the city of Tyler's Animal Services has received.
"It's been really low which is great, we've had about 20 to 30 complaints," said Shawn Markman, director of animal services for the City of Tyler.
In past years, when more rain was falling, complaints were in the hundreds.
"This year in May, June, and July the rainfall has been anywhere from 50 to 70 percent less than normal so that has kept mosquito populations down," biologist Dr. Srini Kambhampati said.
Kambhampati said the extreme temperatures and dry heat also keep mosquitoes away. With a lack of rainfall comes fewer places for mosquitoes to breed. Fewer mosquitoes can also mean less chance for disease.
"In a year like this where the populations are natural down because of the heat and lack of rain the disease potential also goes down," he said.
While East Texas isn't dealing with as many mosquitoes right now, experts said as temperatures begin to drop and the area begins to see more rain, they just might pop back up.
So, for now, Tyler Animal Services said they will continue to take preventative measures against the pests.