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Easy tips to keep mosquitoes away

By: Morgan Downing Email
By: Morgan Downing Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- Out of the dozens of construction workers, people at the park and those working in their front yards not one of them said they were worried about West Nile.

But with confirmed cases in Grayson, Cooke and Collin counties, health officials say they should be.

"I don't feel the need to go get bug spray every time I step out the house," Sherman resident Kelvin Fields said.

"I'm not wearing it, and I probably should because it's a prevention, but because it was inconvenient and I didn't have any and didn't want to go to the store to get it. So, I didn't think it was that big of a risk," Denison resident Krista Brown said.

Dozens of people we talked to, outside said similar things.

But Grayson county officials are urging people to use bug spray and take other precautions when it comes to avoiding West Nile Virus.

One exterminator agrees. Roy Reed says there are cheap ways to get the best results.

"Eliminate those breeding sites. A cup full of water brings hundreds, if not thousands of mosquitoes. So, it does not take much," Reed said.

Many of our back yards are perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes. In this back yard we found a lot of red flags.

"Some of your breeding sites a lot of people don't think of are things like plants. You have your dish on bottom that holds water," Reed said.

Reed said keeping gutters clean and dumping out bird baths is important.

When it comes to spraying though, he says it's a waste of money if your neighbors aren't doing it, too.

"If you can get your neighbors involved, you can do all you want at your property, but they can fly in from your neighbor's yard and you're in the same situation. So, try to get your neighborhood involved," Reed said.

Reed says spraying your yard now may be too late.

"Our thoughts on spraying is that we need to be proactive earlier in the year. Go after breeding sites to keep the adult mosquitoes from even getting to that point," Reed said.

Health officials say the number of West Nile Virus cases will spike in early fall.

Grayson county officials estimate that the county will have 24 to 36 cases by November.

Wearing bug spray, long sleeves and pants, and getting rid of all those water traps in your yards are good steps to take.


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