Mosquitoes On the Rise in the Basin

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA The downpour of rains we've had in the past few weeks has been a welcome sight for most but with the good comes the ugly. Now multiplying mosquitoes are becoming a problem, that might lead to health concerns in the Basin.

We all know mosquitos bites can cause rashes, irritation and just be outright annoying, but this can lead to something more dangerous.

"In our area, they do carry West Nile virus and some of them do cause Encephalitis so we do have to watch for that because they do carry diseases,"  Gino Solla, with the Ector County Health Department, said.

So far, there haven't been any cases of West Nile, but the rain we've seen in the last few weeks has caused for mosquitoes to multiply.

"It doesn't take a whole lot of water to provide for the habitat for the mosquito to lay their egg," Michael Nickell, Museum Specialist at Sibley Nature Center, said.

"There is definitely a big increase. Last year, I hardly had to use any OFF or any kind of mosquito repellant. This year, I'm having to fight them off, they're just biting me in the legs anywhere that it's exposed. They're biting this year," Solla said.

If you want to avoid being bitten by the bug, here are some tips for keeping the insects away

"Empty out standing water things like flower pots, tires, rain gutters and wear clothing that's light in color and looser fitting. Mosquitoes tend to be more attracted to darker colored clothing," Nickell said.

Ector County offers a vector program. For citizens who live out in the county and want more information regarding any kind of abatement, they can call 385-1620.