Mosquito Myths

Mosquito Myths

All the recent rain and flooding has helped fill area lakes. But it's also brought some very unwelcome pests. Mosquitoes are flocking to areas throughout Texoma, breeding in stagnant water and feeding on your blood.

Places around Wichita Falls, like Lucy Park, are breeding grounds because of stagnant pools of water that are abundant throughout the park.

Health officials have constantly warned the community to stay inside during dusk and dawn. But due to the flooding, they say these rules might not apply.  

The stagnant water is allowing the mosquito's to be active all day long. Health officials say there might not be one time worse than the other.

It's important for residents to try to avoid walking through grass. The mosquitoes rest in grass during the day, and by walking through the grass, it may bring more out.

If you have to be outdoors you want to make sure and wear long sleeves and long pants, according to the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Health District. Officials said it's one way to prevent mosquito bites.

You're also recommended to use a mosquito repellant with DEET. If you are outdoors, follow the instructions on the product label.

The Health District's Environmental Division vector control team is working hard to control the insects by spraying for adult mosquitoes in neighborhoods and applying larvicide to areas of standing water that serve as breeding grounds, according to Wichita Falls-Wichita County Health District officials.

A number of people may rely on home-made remedies to repel mosquitoes. Newscannel 6 conducted a few experiments to find the truth behind the myths. The experiment is in the video above.

Brittany Costello, Newschannel 6