Mosquito Mayhem in Abilene

How to Prevent Zika and other Viruses

ABILENE, Texas (KRBC)- With Spring in the air, mosquitos are also starting to buzz around.

"Mosquito season is upon us", said Vincent Cantu, the Health Planning Coordinator for the City of Abilene.

The Abilene-Taylor Public Health District held an informational meeting about how to prepare for mosquito season and how Zika, West Nile and other viruses.

"The four 'D's we want to stress are deet, drain, dress and remind indoors." Added Cantu.

What he means is to have some sort of repellant on and long sleeves while outdoors, drain any standing water in bird baths, tires, or any other items, and try to remain indoors when possible. 

According to Cantu, five percent of the mosquitos in Taylor County can carry the Zika virus.

 

"The vector that does transmit Zika is present, and there's about five percent of that particular species here." 

But there is nothing to be alarmed about since the statistics remain the same compared to last year.

"We just want to inform the public about Zika and tell them that yeah, it is here"

Luckily, there are ways to prevent the insects from harming you at home.

Todd Hooper, the General Manager of Garden World told KRBC that there are a plethora of options to help repel mosquitos.

"There are garlic sprays, mosquito dunks, or little pebbles that you can put in water and it prevents the larvae to hatch", explained Hooper.

But one particular trend in the "mosquito world" are plants that help repel mosquitos from coming around your porch and grass.

"Citronella is a great mosquito repellant and we already sold a few this year, but we really expect to see a rush when the first big rain comes", added Hooper.

But the most important way to prevent the Zika larvae from hatching is by draining or dumping any standing water in bird feeders, tires or any other item that can hold water.

"These mosquitos breed almost exclusively in containers near human beings so if we just take care of our own containers in our yards, it can make a big difference." Cantu told KRBC.

If you do get bit by mosquitos and start noticing flu-like symptoms within a week, here is what you do.

"If you do get joint pain, a rash or fever, you may want to consult a doctor or go to the Public Health Center to get tested."

 


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