People are wondering why there are so many mosquitoes around. Well, these bugs come when there are hard rains, which there have been a lot of lately. However, experts say that the species that are around now don’t typically carry the West Nile Virus.
According to officials, the mosquitoes we are seeing are floodwater mosquitoes. They are aggressive and pack a painful but. However, they only come out after really heavy rains. Though these particular mosquitoes can spread heartworm disease to dogs, they do not transmit the West Nile virus.
Mosquitoes that carry West Nile do not like the weather we have now. It clears out their breeding holes, causing them to be gone for some time. Even so, people should remain on guard. Last week, Plano, Tx saw their second human case of West Nile virus.
According to the Dallas County’s Health Department, April through November is the mosquito-borne season. They expect to see more cases of West Nile as fall continues to bring rain.
Mosquitoes Are Taking Over!
As a precaution, they are recommending people to drain standing water from their yard. Also, to use repellent with DEET. They also suggest for people to wear shirts with long sleeves and pants while outside. Mosquitoes are more active at night, so the department suggests for people to remain indoors during dusk and dawn.
Mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus or Denge remain active at all time. However, there have not been any cases of either infection in the area.
This year, there were only three reports of Zika in Texas this year. All of those with the virus were traveling outside the U.S. before receiving the virus.
The Dallas County’s Health Department also says that the risk extends to those traveling. Travelers who are returning from regions of the world where Zika runs rampant are to use EPA approved repellent for at least three weeks after returning to the states.