Mosquito population on the rise, again

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — It might be hard to believe, but this hot, dry summer has been good for one thing, keeping those pesky mosquitoes away! But with the recent rains and more expected to arrive, you’ve probably heard that annoying little buzz lately.

The city has done tons of spraying in several different neighborhoods and set up more traps this year, but they can’t do it all and are asking the community to do their part.

They are annoying, they are invasive, but above all they can be very dangerous, and they are there.

“Our mosquito levels were really, really low. We only really saw them in parts of the county where there’s a lot of irrigation activity, but here for the past two weeks we’ve had rain and we’ve seen an influx of mosquitoes and with that, an influx of mosquito complaint calls. said Samantha Blair, environmental health administrator.

Blair said throughout the summer they have been monitoring the mosquito population closely, doing all they can to tackle the problem and help keep numbers low.

“We go out regularly and immediately check public areas that hold standing water and treat those for mosquitoes and our treatments that we put in there last, depending on what we put in, anywhere from 45 to 90 days,” Blair said.

While regularly spraying throughout Wichita County, Blair said there are ways to combat the problem around your property by getting rid of any standing water.

“Most people know that if they have rain barrels they need to filter them out and make sure they deal with it, but they don’t think, hey, that kid’s toy that every time it’s turned over upside down collects some water in the rim,” Blair said.

She said you also want to make sure your gutters are clear and you wipe up anything that has water in it.

“Some of our species of mosquitoes will actually lay their eggs just above the waterline because they’re waiting for the next rain to come,” Blair said.

Besides causing annoying itchiness, Blair said mosquitoes can actually be deadly.

“On the most serious level, mosquitoes can also be vectors or carriers of several different diseases. Here in Wichita County, our primary mosquito-associated disease of concern will be West Nile virus,” Blair said.

Blair said they usually start seeing West Nile carrier species around this time of year, but she added that luckily they haven’t discovered any so far this summer.

Blair said if you have a serious mosquito problem, you can call and ask to have your neighborhood or where you live sprayed. Click here for more information on how you can do this.