It’s that time of the year again. The weather is getting warmer and we’re getting excited for the summer. As we all venture outside, our pesky mosquito friends do the same. After a record-setting 2012 West Nile season, how can you be prepared for what’s next?
In 2012, Texas was among the 13 states with 80% of West Nile Virus cases across the United States and according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one-third of all reported West Nile cases were from Texas.
Bryan Wasson, MD on the medical staff at Baylor Medical Center at Irving knows about West Nile all too well. Recently, many patients have approached him looking for more information on how to get a jump start in preparation for West Nile season.
Mosquito-Proof Your Clothes
A precaution that many can take is to make sure people wear long sleeves and long pants while outside, especially during times when mosquitos are most active: early in the morning and late in the afternoon.
You can also apply Permethrin to clothing to aid as a mosquito repellent, it will last up to 2 weeks despite repeated trips through the washing machine.
Mosquito-Proof Your Backyard
Empty out those flower pots that are full of standing water, as well as anything else that may become a breeding group for mosquitos.
Also, make sure that if you have an unused swimming pool that it is empty or is chemically shocked if it is full of water,
Mosquito-Proof Your Body
It’s best to incorporate a bug spray into your plans when going outdoors. Dr. Wasson describes two common bug spray chemicals and when to use them—remember, most do not start working effectively until 30 minutes after application.