Residents worry mosquitoes could be bad this season


by Vicente Arenas / KHOU 11 News

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 7 at 12:20 AM

HOUSTON—The mosquito bites on an infant girl at a park in East Houston could be a sign of things to come. 

Yadira Perez counted five bites on the child’s arms and legs. 

Several people say they have been swatting a lot of mosquitoes and the high season for the pests hasn’t even arrived. 

“(Mosquitoes) are going to be bad this year because sometimes it feels really humid and that’s what they like,” she said.

Mosquitoes also like rain and heat.

We’ve had both.

With summer around the corner, the Harris County Health and Environmental Services Department has already set nearly 270 traps to look for Culex mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus.

None have been detected so far. 

DeAnne Morris’s father became infected with the disease last year.

That’s the reason she’s always taking extra precautions.

“I spray my kids with Off and anything I can think of,” she said.

The Health Department says make sure your repellant has the ingredient Deet.

It helps keep away Culex mosquitoes, which are small and don’t make noise.

“The Culex is a sewer breeding material and only comes out from dusk to dawn, so those are the areas you want to be mostly worried about,” The city’s health department spokesperson, Kathy Barton said.

Spraying doesn’t begin until the West Nile virus is detected. 

Nick Scott has his own battle plan.

“I don’t go outside when the mosquitoes are out and that’s most of the time,” he said.

That can be hard to do in Houston.