Summertime mosquito prevention

Summertime mosquito prevention

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - With summer season in full swing, East Texans may notice an increase in mosquito activity. The hot and humid temperatures provide an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes, but there are ways to avoid those pesky bug bites.

Insect repellent is on top of the CDC's prevention recommendations, as well as wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants. 
 Russell Hopkins with Northeast Texas Public Health District in Tyler says dusk and dawn are the peak hours for mosquito activity.

"Repellent works well when you dress in long sleeves and pants. Apply it to your clothing and make sure you are avoiding dusk and dawn, especially for mosquitoes that spread the West Nile virus," said Hopkins.

Hopkins says so far no cases of West Nile or Zika virus have been reported in East Texas this summer.

It's also important to dump out any standing water left over by sprinklers, as mosquitoes can lay eggs in even a very small amount of it.

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