LONGVIEW - While East Texans were patiently waiting for a season of rain to pass by, something already laid its eggs. With a certain amount of rain, the Gregg county Health Department said the mosquito population could increase. The more standing the water, the better it is for them.
"Mosquitoes will start hatching and we'll have a nice onslaught of summertime mosquitoes," said Fred Killingsworth who works with the health department. He said the rain and humidity would make East Texas a mosquito haven, perfect for repopulation.
"It doesn't take much," Killingsworth said. "East Texas is so humid in the first place, things don't dry out that quick."
In Longview, the city only sprays if it's necessary. They say the first line of defense is prevention. City spokesperson Shawn Hara said the city doesn't do wide spread spraying either.
"We don't feel that's the most effective way for us to address the issue," Hara said.
The city will spray if there's a confirmed heavy population in a specific area. However, Killingsworth said it would be better when mosquitoes are in the larva stage.
"You can kill more with larvaecide than with any spraying," Killingsworth said.
.Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. Experts said wearing repellent with deet is recommended.
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