Buggin’ Out: Dallas Named Top 10 Worst Mosquito City

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DALLAS - Warm weather means cookouts, spending time by the pool, and our six-legged sidekick -- the mosquito. In fact, Dallas made the top 10 on Orkin’s Worst Mosquito Cities in the U.S. list. We landed at #8, just three places under H-town.

All this rain has got ‘skeeter hunters busy running around Dallas.

“Phones are ringing off the hook. Now that we’ve finally got some sunshine, everyone’s starting to get in their backyards,” said Matt Coburn, Owner at Mosquito Force. “There’s a lot of people wanting to get sprayed, get their mosquito misting systems up and treated.”

Folks at Dallas Health and Human Services say fighting the bite is as easy as 1, 2, 3 or D-D-D.

“One, drain standing water. Two, DEET or use mosquito repellent. Then three, dress appropriately.  Those are the three D’s,” Director at Dallas County Health and Human Services Zachary Thompson said.

And ditch the pot.  The flower pot, that is.

“If they don’t have any flowers in them, get the pots off the front porch. They’re holding water. They’re contributing to breeding of mosquitos,” he added.  “From 2002-2011, it was up and down.  In 2012, we had an outbreak. We did not have any West Nile deaths last year. What does that tell us? It’s unpredictable. What we do know is that you have to use these protections.”

He also says that 80% of West Nile virus cases reported involved people who didn’t use repellent.

So, whether you spray up, lotion down or some strange home remedy (remember Windex in My Big Fat Greek Wedding?) be sure to fight that bite.