Monday, June 24th begins Mosquito Awareness Week. Since our area has received significant rainfall recently, the City of Lubbock wants to remind everyone to avoid mosquito bites by doing the following:
- Cover Up! Wear long sleeve shirts, long pants, and socks. Spray outer clothing with repellant when going outdoors.
- Avoid! Limit time outdoors during dusk and dawn. Many mosquitoes bite at these times.
- Spray! Spray insect repellent containing DEET, or picaridin. The higher percentage of DEET, the longer the protection will last.
- Drain! Just a small amount of standing water is enough for a mosquito to lay her eggs in. Look around weekly for standing water in pots, saucers, cans, tarps, tires, pet water bowls, rain gutters, etc.
Mosquitoes can be vectors of such diseases as West Nile Virus and Encephalitis. See your doctor if you develop symptoms such as headache, high fever, stiffness of the neck, mental confusion, muscle weakness, or tremors.
City of Lubbock Vector Control staff monitors mosquito activity in all areas of the city. Mosquito spraying takes place, weather permitting, in areas of heavy mosquito activity first, then in other areas of the city and county.
To report mosquitoes, call the mosquito hotline at 775-3110.