Grayson Co. helps ward off mosquitoes

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GRAYSON COUNTY, TEXAS -- It's just the beginning of mosquito season and the Grayson County Health Department is optimistic that this year will be better than last year for the bugs.

"Hopefully this year we will see a lower case count than we did last year," Amanda Ortez with the Grayson County Health Department said.

So far, all recent mosquito testing in Grayson County has come back negative, but going off last year's mosquito season, peak time for mosquitoes is just around the corner.

"The case count went up about mid-July and then began to decrease around the end of August," Ortez said.

The health department has stockpiled $20,000 worth of mosquito dunks to distribute to county barns and cities, who will then hand them out to residents trying to ward off the bugs.

"What we will do is try to work with the cities and continue that to make sure that they get some of the product that will help protect against the West Nile virus and the growth of mosquitoes," Ortez said.

Ana Hernandez says she's glad county leaders are being proactive.

She says she's already been bitten by mosquitoes multiple times this summer.

"Sometimes at night it's really hard to sleep cause you're just sitting there and you know, I've gotten scars, because just like scratching. People kept telling me don't scratch and I couldn't help it," Hernandez said.

Ortez says although Grayson County has been successful in fighting the bite so far this season, that's not a reason to not put on the bug spray.

"We just want to make sure that individuals don't become complacent and not protect themselves," Ortez said.

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