September 11, 2017
There are no words that can describe what Hurricane Harvey has done. It is a once-in-a-lifetime storm that will cost the state more than a $190 billion to recover from. That is more than double what Hurricane Sandy cost, and triple what Hurricane Andrew cost. Homes and businesses will need to be rebuilt. Infrastructure will need to be repaired. And lives will need to begin again. But, we are Texans. We will find our way back from this. Along the way, there will be many challenges to overcome. One of those challenges will be the threat of mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes Breed In Stagnant Water
Flood conditions always lead to an increase in mosquito populations, and as mosquitoes increase in numbers, the threat of vectored diseases go up as well. Now, more than ever, it is vital that everyone in Texas take extra precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
- Wear long sleeves and pants when possible
- Spray insect repellent on clothing and skin
- Wear bright colors to make it more difficult for mosquitoes to lock on
- Wear clothing that is loose
- If you're drinking alcohol, do it inside
- Wherever possible, use fans to keep mosquitoes off of you
- Make sure that all damaged screens on your home are quickly repaired or replaced
Breeding Sites Need To Be Addressed
Mosquitoes breed in still water and in damp organic debris. One vital step in reducing mosquitoes is to help areas and objects dry out as quickly as possible. If you have a tarp that has collected water, shake it off. If you have tire marks filled with water, put something in those trenches to soak up the water. If you have clutter in your yard, make sure all the water is poured onto the ground where it can be dried out by the sun. If you have an obstructed gutter, clean it out. Every little bit we do can make a big difference.
Mosquito Reduction Is Key
A typical mosquito does not travel more than a few hundred feet from its birth site. That means that every breeding site we remove and every mosquito we destroy can have an impact, not just in our own yards, but also in our neighborhoods. We can't control the big picture, but each of us can have an impact where we are. Together, we can reduce the threat of mosquitoes as we work to rebuild what Hurricane Harvey has destroyed.