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Officials Say Expect More Mosquitos

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT

If you thought mosquitos were already bad this summer, they are about to get worse. Eda Gowdy, Senior Sanitarian with the City of Austin, says mosquito season really starts in July. Last week's eight straight days of rain and this week's hot temperatures has created the perfect breeding conditions for the insects.


"It takes water for mosquitos to lay their eggs in, so when you have rain you get the standing water which becomes stagnant that's when the mosquitos will breed," says Gowdy.


The City of Austin is taken every precaution to make sure we don't repeat last year's West Nile Virus epidemic.  Traps have been setup throughout the city to catch and test the Culex mosquito, a carrier of WNV. Gowdy says so far this year, no mosquitos in the City of Austin have tested positive for the virus.


She wants to remind everyone to follow the 4 D's. Drain standing water, dress in long sleeves and pants, stay inside during dusk and dawn and where repellant containing DEET.

Officials Say Expect More Mosquitos


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