How to make mosquito season less annoying (and risky)

How to make mosquito season less annoying (and risky)

By Barbara Moore, Neighborhood & Community Relations Coordinator

As we move into spring, everyone wants to spend time outside enjoying the pleasant, sunny weather. Unfortunately, warmer temperatures also mark the return of those pesky mosquitoes and the risks they bring.

Mosquito bites are certainly itchy and annoying, but they can also make you sick. That’s why it’s important to do all you can to protect you and your family.

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College Station to spray for West Nile mosquitoes

mosquito-1318443083oGdIn the next few days, the City of College Station will be fogging areas where mosquitoes tested positive last week for the West Nile virus. Targeted fogging operations will continue through mosquito season if additional positive tests occur.

The best defense against mosquitoes are mosquito dunks, which are available for purchase through the city’s Mosquito Abatement Program. The non-toxic dunks are specially designed to kill mosquito larvae before they hatch.  When used consistently in standing water where mosquitoes are likely to breed, dunks are an effective way to control and reduce mosquito populations around your home.

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Dunk Dynasty: How a city program helps keep West Nile virus at bay

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We hear it every year around this time: To protect yourself and your family from mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus, follow the four Ds, and that’s absolutely true:

  • Drain standing water around your home
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants
  • Dawn and dusk are times to avoid being outdoors
  • DEET is the active ingredient in the insect repellent you should use

Those are wise steps to take, but there’s evidence an additional step heightens your protection even further.

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Mosquitoes beware: Bobby is on the loose!

The City of College Sation is taking an aggressive approach to battling local mosquito populations. In addition to distributing mosquito dunks to homeowner and neighborghood associations, city crews are performing spot spraying and placing their own dunks in areas of heavy infestations. Much of that responsibility falls on Drainage Maintenance Crew Leader Bobby Engledow, a longtime city employee who was out bright and early this morning spraying a drainage culvert that runs between homes on South Rayado and Arroyo courts. Continue reading Mosquitoes beware: Bobby is on the loose!