On the Texas gulf coast, mosquitoes are a persistent problem. Not only are they pests, but they can transmit diseases like Zika and West Nile Virus. They can also transmit diseases to your pets.
Thankfully, there are many steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting bitten by mosquitoes. This includes using bug spray and wearing long-sleeve clothes that leave your skin less exposed to bites. You can also prevent mosquitos by eliminating the places they live and breed. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, so cleaning up drains, puddles, empty planters, old tires and other places where water collects can reduce the mosquito population near you. You can also repair screens, doors and windows to keep mosquitoes from getting inside your home.
Keep yourself and your family safe from mosquito bites this summer. Learn how Harris County Public Health’s Mosquito and Vector Control Division can help you stay prepared!