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Mosquito Control Awareness Week June 21-27, 2020

Here is a good reminder about mosquitoes from Dr. Sonja Swiger our Med/Vet extension entomologist.

It is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week (click on this title to read in web browser and sign up for all her announcements)
Posted: 24 Jun 2020 09:37 AM PDT

While mosquitoes are an issue in Texas all year round, they are more of an issue in late spring, summer and early fall months. 

This week is a time to pay extra attention to mosquitoes and the locations where mosquito larvae will grow (buckets, pools, shallow non-flowing water, gutters, tires and debris). 

Did you know there are 85 species of mosquitoes in Texas that have been identified by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s agricultural and environmental safety unit personnel?

That’s a lot of itch-inducing painful pests to worry about. Besides being a buzzing and biting nuisance, mosquitoes carry a host of diseases and viruses that can be dangerous to people, pets and livestock.

“It’s a mosquito’s world, whether you see them or not, they are all around us.”

Our state’s warm climate makes a prime breeding ground for vector-borne illnesses, so AgriLife Extension experts hope Texans will observe Mosquito Awareness Week on June 21-27 by learning how to prevent and control these pests. Learn more at


a few Ways you can Protect against Mosquitoes:

  • Drain: Empty out water containers at least once per week 
  • Dress:  Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing  
  • Defend: Properly apply an approved repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR 3535 or oil of lemon-eucalyptus 

For more information on mosquitoes and how to control them visit


Thanks to Janet Hurley, ACE, MPA, Extension Program Specialist III - School IPM in Dallas for sharing this information with us!  Definitely a good reminder.