Warm weather, rain means mosquito season

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Warm weather following recent rain has given the mosquito population a head start in the Houston area (KTRK)

Sunday was a perfect day for a party at the park, but the mosquitoes are unwelcome guests.

"They bite you and then it starts itching a lot," said 9-year-old Evelyn Ballejo.

The recent rains have created breeding grounds galore.

"I hate them and when I scratch I start bleeding. I hate them a lot," said 10-year-old Janna Ortiz.

"Normally, after the rains when water is collecting somewhere, we'll have additional populations of mosquitoes," said Dr. Mustapha Debboun, Director of Harris County Mosquito Control.

The recent rains and humidity mean mosquitoes are coming soon. Crews have already started surveying for the insects in Harris County, and with good reason. As we all know, certain mosquitoes can be dangerous.

Dr. Mustapha Debboun of Harris County Mosquito Control says it's not just standing water which leads to mosquitoes.

"Getting warmer and warmer, the humidity is there, and mosquitoes love humidity and warm weather," Dr. Debboun said.

For many of us, the bite is simply a nuisance.

"It's just like - ouch -- it bit me and you're like, bleeding out of nowhere," said Houston resident Ari Ballejo.

For others, it's slightly worse.

"For me, it's actually pretty bad, because I'm allergic to them and I get really bad rashes," said Houston resident Yahaira Ortiz.

But for all of us, it's even more dangerous, as the mosquito season continues.

"We're either looking for the West Nile virus, or we're looking for the dengue virus, St. Louis Encephalitis, or Chekungunya virus," said Dr. Debboun.

So rid your property of standing water.

"If you remove the container that has water, you're denying the mosquito to lay an egg in there," Dr. Debboun said.

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