HOUSTON - Mosquito madness has arrived!
Spring showers are good for flowers, but even better for mosquitoes. It seems like the little blood suckers have invaded this city.
All this rain is not helping. Bear Creek on Houston's west side is still underwater after the Tax Day floods! And now more than ever, mosquitoes are more than a nuisance. The mosquito born Zika virus is a world wide public health emergency.
The World Health Organization predicts as many as four million Americans will be infected with Zika in the next year. The threat is especially dire for pregnant women, and women who may become pregnant in the near future since their babies are at risk of a disorder that results in being born with abnormally small heads.
So with the daily downpours, what can you do?
To start with, eliminate standing water. That means emptying birdbaths, fountains and containers after each deluge. For standing water you can't drain, try a Mosquito Dunk- it's cheap and it's safe for people, pets and wildlife. And make sure you use an EPA- approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR 3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
Bottom line, do what you can to protect yourself from the buzz and the bite.