Recent rains in the Permian Basin bring back unwanted pests

by Jacqueline Sit

NewsWest 9

With all the rain we've been getting, you end up with this and places like these mosquitoes call home.

9-year-old Glendon Warner is going for his usual stroll in the park, but only this time, he had a few unexpected visitors.

"They flew in my face, I was skating by and they made me fall down," Gledon Warner, who was bitten by mosquitoes, said.

Not one, not two, but a swarm.

"There's usually 40 to 50 mosquitoes," Warner said.

These blood sucking bullies got him once or twice, but not without a fight.

"We carry lots of OFF to keep them off," Warner said.

Out in Midland, it's a long standing problem with sitting water that becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

"Everyday some kids show up with a new bite," Leticia Romero, with the Midland Christian Daycare, said.

Leticia Romero is taking care of this a of kids from the Midland Christian Daycare, and seeing the bites is an all too common sight.

"We just tell the parents to put the bug spray, because it's difficult for them, for the itch," Romero said.

It's a pesky problem the City of Midland is working to eliminate.

"What we do is we go up, and down the alleys the guys fog early in the morning when mosquitoes are trying to feed, and a lot of times we fog in the evening too," Romero said.

Midland and Odessa mainly use foggers to get rid of the menaces, but it's also up to you to help keep these disease carrying insects from spreading the West Nile Virus.

"That's just one particular disease it carries, encephalitis or other kind of disease that's carried out by mosquitoes," Sal Garcia, Director of Midland Health Department, said.

Here are a few things you can do to avoid being bitten by these bugs, Protect yourself with bug spray.  Mosquito proof your home, making sure doors, and window seals are secure, and drain standing water around your home.

If you have a mosquito problem, call the Midland Health Department at 681-7613 and in Odessa, you can call them 335-3204.  Remember these requests are on a first come first serve basis, so you may want to make that call as early as possible.