Mosquito spraying under way during ‘worst’ mosquito season in memory

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by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on July 2, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 3 at 11:08 AM

HOUSTON—Experts warn that this summer might be the worst mosquito season in recent memory, all due to a mild winter and rainy spring.

On Monday, authorities with Harris County confirmed that a second person has been infected with the West Nile virus. The northwest Harris County man, between the age of 15 and 24, has recovered.

The other confirmed case of West Nile in Harris County this year is a woman over the age of 50 from northeast Houston. She has been hospitalized since last Thursday in serious condition.

A number of southeast Texas counties have been conducting intense spraying to minimize the presence of the pesky insects during this time of year.

"It seems like the mosquitoes are more aggressive, and they follow you more aggressively," said Houston resident Richard Fason.

Truck spraying has visibly been happening around the site of this year’s July 4 Freedom over Texas event. Some of those excited about the patriotic celebration hope the spraying does some good.

"As you walk through them, they just adhere to you. It’s like you’ve got spots all over you," said Houston resident David Burgar.

During peak mosquito times at dawn and dusk, experts recommend people wear long pants and sleeves and use an insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.

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