There has been a higher than usual number of human West Nile cases in Texas this year due to the warm winter and recent rains. We are urging people to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting West Nile Virus, a mosquito-borne illness. Some of the most effective ways are to use insect repellent when outdoors, regardless of the length of time going to be spent outside, and avoid being outdoors from dusk to dawn when possible or if without repellent and appropriate clothing.
1) Stay indorrs atDuskandDawn.This is the time of day that mosquitoes are most active
2) Dressin long sleeves/pants, loose and light-colored clothing when outdoors.
3) Defendyourself from mosquitoes by using an insect repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Follow label instructions
4) Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood. Also make sure that flower pots, water dishes, bird baths, and wading pools are properly drained so they are not breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
It is also a good idea to use air conditioning or make sure there are screens on all doors and windows to keep mosquitoes from entering th home.