Environment
1:17 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Rain Could Boost Mosquito Population

The weekend rain may have killed off some adult mosquitoes. But now it means a potential boom for mosquito breeding as standing water collects.

Experts say it’s a good idea to dump any standing water around your home—especially as West Nile virus continues to be a problem in the area.

“One thing that we may have going for us right now is that the temperature has dropped which will take a longer period for those mosquitoes to develop and so the water might dry up in time so that we don’t have quite as many emerging out,” Texas AgriLife Extension Office Program Specialist Wizzie Brown says.

Brown says the best way to protect yourself from mosquito bites is to wear long sleeves and pants, avoid going outside at dawn and dusk, and wear insect repellant.