Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local News

April 10, 2013

City offers tips to help avoid a heavy and deadly mosquito season this year

JACKSONVILLE —

Mosquitoes are going to keep coming at us. That's a fact. But there's no reason to make it easy for them.

Mosquitoes carry numerous serious illnesses – such as the West Nile Virus for the past decade.  Last year was the worst year for West Nile Virus that Texas has had in the past decade. In all of 2011, the entire state had only three reported cases of the virus. In 2012, there were 1,739 confirmed cases in Texas, including at least 76 deaths.

The City of Jackson-ville is expected to resume its summer mosquito abatement program in the coming months. But in the meantime, the city is recommending citizens take steps to curb the nuisance mosquitoes will create for everyone as temperatures heat up.

 Jacksonville Vector Control Coordinator Kelly Young said there are several simple steps that anyone can take to help keep mosquito bites to a minimum this year.

“By destroying their habitat, we can kill the majority of mosquitoes before they even have the chance to become biting adults,” Young said. “Mosquito larva develop in standing water, and they only need a few inches of water to do so, so if everyone on your block removes all sources of standing water from their yards, it will greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes you will have to deal with.”

Suggestions include: Dump out any standing water in birdbaths, planting pots, pet water bowls and anything else that may collect water every few days. Maintain your pools and dump them out if the water becomes stagnant.

Also: try to correct any drainage issues in your yard, if possible. A single stopped-up drainage ditch can produce thousands of mosquitoes during a typical breeding season.

Young said the majority of the species of mosquitoes which are most troublesome for humans in East Texas are active mainly at dawn and dusk. By avoiding the outdoors during these prime feeding times, we can greatly decrease our odds of being bitten.

“If you absolutely do need to be outside at these times when females are known to feed, mosquitoes can’t bite through most clothing, so wear long sleeves and pants, if possible,” he said.

Another caution is to always apply insect repellant when outdoors. Most common insect repellants on the market contain DEET, which is very effective.

For those who do not want to use DEET, alternative repellants containing Picardin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyp-tus have been shown scientifically to be about as effective as DEET.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Cuney Council cancels meeting, again

    Tuesday's Cuney City Council meeting – in which local alderman were to vote on canceling a May 10 election due to unopposed status of candidates – was canceled because of a lack of quorum, according to City Secretary Brenda Lankford.

    April 23, 2014

  • Sen. Nichols speaking.tif Senator Nichols speaks to Jacksonville Leadership Institute

    State Senator Robert Nichols (R) spoke to the Jacksonville Leadership Institute Tuesday regarding the role of government in Texas.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jacob.tif Local boy recovering from campfire accident in Dallas hospital

    Jacob Sessions of Jacksonville was burned on 71 percent of his body on April 5 from a campfire accident. He is currently in Parkland ICU due to his injuries, according to a representative for the family.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • THOMPSON, CEDRICK.tif Cherokee County woman found dead

    At approximately 9:35 a.m. Sunday,  Kayla Nicole Thompson, 27, was found deceased in the driveway of her residence, located in the 1500 block of County Road 3201,  just West of Lake Jacksonville.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • BullardFUNRUN.tif Bullard Education Foundation sets record with event

    The Bullard Education Foundation hosted its 4th annual 5K /Fun Run, “Strides for Excellence” on Saturday morning, April 19.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fire destroys Sims Avenue residence

    Jacksonville Fire Department responded to a fire in the 900 block of Sims Avenue early Saturday.

    April 22, 2014

  • Community library on council agenda

    The Bullard City Council will met at 6 p.m. today at Bullard First Baptist Church, 1428 S. Houston, for the regular board meeting.

    April 22, 2014

  • Council to mull election, roads

    The Cuney City Council will meet at 10 a.m. today at the Cuney Municipal Building.

    April 22, 2014

  • Christian Rapper 0419.tif Local rap artist spreads the 411 on Jesus

    "I have seen things in my life that would make Dr. Phil crazy," Jacksonville native, ordained minister and aspiring rap artist Stephen I. Crow Jr. said with a laugh. "That's why I don't label my music specifically as "Christian rap" -- yes, Christians who love rap can listen and hopefully be uplifted, but I truly want and am trying to bring the word and Jesus' message to people who may never have heard it or don't believe it's for them.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tomato Bowl flushed to bottom of priorities

    The historic Tomato Bowl, built in 1940, stands strong on the outside, but according to some people the inside needs a lot of work in order to not be an eyesore.

    April 19, 2014