Health Officials Prepare For Mosquito Madness

The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District is expecting a major mosquito season in Texoma this year.

Officials expect it will be so bad, they're taking steps now to ease the problem come summertime. Texomans are already seeing the annoying insects, and it's only expected to get worse.

"I'm expecting this summer, and especially this spring, to be a very busy mosquito season," Susan Morris with Wichita County Public Health District said. "We had a very mild winter, we've had a wet spring, the evenings are already warm."

The lack of wind compared to last year, is the main reason mosquitoes are thriving. With that future forecast, Morris said there's no time to waste. So, they're taking a proactive approach.

"We're getting our trucks ready and preparing. We're not spraying because spraying is not a preventive measure," said Morris.

Public health officials are also working to get Texomans ready.

They recommend practicing the "4 D's".

-Stay indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

-Dress in light colored clothing, covering as much skin as possible.

-Use a mosquito repellant that contains deet.

-Dump and drain any standing water on your property.

Morris said the final "D" is extremely important because mosquitoes only need a tiny amount of water to breed. Your dog's water bowl, the open soda cans you leave out or even your kiddie pool, are the perfect breeding grounds.

"Get in your yard. Make a day of it. Get all that stuff out of your yard and cleaned up," Morris said.

To help alleviate the mosquito madness, the Health District is hiring several seasonal employees.

Brittany Glas, Newschannel 6