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Apr 28, 2014 9:04 AM by Edna Cortinas

Mosquito Preparations for You and the City

CORPUS CHRISTI - Warmer temperatures and sunny skies mean you'll probably be spending more time outdoors. The city is starting preparations with the mosquito season underway.

To have a red, itchy, bump from a mosquito is the pits. It's annoying and certainly not something anyone wants to experience. In order to reduce the amount of those pesky insects the city's vector control has whipped up a batch of mosquito bait, gone out to set traps, and has begun to check them everyday.

Tony Pantoja, with Vector Control, says, "As soon as we get the hard rain then we'll know that we're going to start working. All our trucks are getting ready our machines are getting ready and we're making sure they're all tuned up and ready to go for us to start spraying and we'll hit the areas where the high counts are at, we'll work from one side of town to another side of town. We just tell everyone to be patient with us."

Crews currently have eight traps in areas from Calallen to Padre Island, in places like the Botanical Gardens and Bill Witt Park.

Dawn English, runs six to seven days out of the week, and says she avoids running close to Corpus Christi Bay and through grassy areas where explosions of mosquitoes are likely to be found.

"It's a lot worse here than in other areas so you have to be pro active and think and try to be as preventative as possible. A lot of it is just part of living here," Dawn English, local resident.

To help prevent mosquito bites, Vector Control suggests you should keep the four D's in mind:

  • Dusk - this is prime time for mosquitoes so try to avoid going outdoors during this time.
  • Dress - wear long sleeves, with cuffs and pants to keep mosquitoes from biting you.
  • DEET - buy insect repellent that contains DEET and be sure to follow the product's instructions.
  • Drainage - make sure flower pots, water dishes, bird baths and small swimming pools are properly drained, so they're not breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

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