When mosquitoes attack

By: Nicole Holt Email
By: Nicole Holt Email

With all the rain we've had the past few weeks and now warmer temperatures, mosquitoes are looking for food, and you're it!

It's no surprise with temperatures reaching well into the 90’s and the humid air around Texoma. The return of the dreaded mosquito was inevitable.

It’s a pesky little summer staple that attacks you when you least expect it, sucks your blood, and leaves behind a nasty reminder.

Every year, the concern over West Nile virus seems to rise. Last year 48 cases were reported in Oklahoma, six of which were fatal. In Texas, 33 deaths were reported.

So what's the scoop on this year?

“The thought process is yes, we will be seeing an increased amount of cases of West Nile," says Minaxi Rathod, M.D./infectious disease.

Experts like Dr. Rathod suggest using a chemical called "deet".

"Use deet anytime mosquitoes bite. If you’re going to be out there longer, you need to renew it, and when you come in use soap and water to clean yourself.""

You might also limit your outdoor activities.

Another idea is to remove all objects around your home that hold water, which mosquitoes love most.

Some cities spray a repellent throughout the community at night, and experts like Rathos say concern over health risks is minimal.

"It does not pose a hazard because it's not something you inhale so you’re not at a high risk for exposure. Basically it prevents the breeding it's the mosquitoes that are at the highest risk."

For more on how to get rid of mosquitoes, call your local public works department.

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