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Fighting Back During Mosquito Season

No one likes mosquitoes, especially me. But after a warm winter and a rainy spring, they are out in full force. With memories of last summer’s horrific fires still fresh in our minds, the steady rain is a welcome gift. The mosquitoes, however, are not.

Some say we’re having one of the worst mosquito seasons in a long time. The powers that be are doing their best to take control of the situation, dispatching planes and trucks to spray bug-repelling chemicals, as reported by KHOU.com. But there are still things you can do to keep the mosquitoes out of your house and reduce their numbers in general:

- After a rain, minimize standing water as much as possible. This is the breeding ground for mosquitoes, so by dumping full flower pots or tubs and improving drainage on your property, you can help minimize population growth.

- Check your screens, windows and doors for cracks, proper sealing and tears. Nothing is more irritating than a rogue mosquito terrorizing your home. To keep them out, make sure your home front is properly secured.

- Avoid outdoor activities at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

- Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when working or playing outside. This is tall order in Houston, I know. But it’s worth it to avoid a mosquito ambush.

- Fight mosquitoes naturally. Some plants may actually have mosquito-repelling qualities with out the toxic chemicals. By planting favorites like rosemary and lavender around your yard or patio, you may actually be keeping the mosquitoes at bay. Plus, they’re pretty.

What are your mosquito-fighting tricks of the trade?


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