July 2, 2007
With heavy rains and recent flooding in parts of Texas, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) recommends that people take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
Standing water is a breeding place for illness-causing mosquitoes.
DSHS offers these recommendations:
- Protect yourself with an appropriate insect repellent. Use insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Place insect repellent at the front and back doors of your home and apply before going outside.
- Mosquito-proof your house. Make sure door seals are secure and window screens are intact.
- Limit the amount of time you spend outdoors from dusk to dawn. These are times when the mosquitoes likely to carry infections are most active.
- Drain standing water from around your home. Empty cans, buckets, tires, rain gutters and flower pot bases regularly. Change the water in pet bowls, bird baths and wading pools several times a week.
Mosquito-borne illnesses include West Nile, St. Louis encephalitis, eastern equine encephalitis, western equine encephalitis and dengue fever. For more information visit the DSHS Web site, www.dshs.state.tx.us.
(News Media: for more information contact Carrie Williams, Assistant Press Officer, 512-458-7400.)