“My son slapped his arm and killed a mosquito in the house” said Dr. John Hopkins, Entomologist at University of Arkansas.
Mosquitoes start as larvae in standing water, and then in 7-10 days they emerge to become mosquitoes.
Dr. Hopkins suggests that if you can’t dump out your standing water to put bacillus thuringiensis israelenis, more commonly known as BTI, in the water.
Otherwise dump out the water, mosquitoes can breed in water amounts as small as a table spoon.
“Any mosquito is a potential transmitter of disease as well as being an inconvenience and a nuisance to you” says Dr. Hopkins.
The Arkansas Health Department says the peak time for West Nile is August through October.
Last year there were 18 cases of West Nile and one death across the state. In 2012, 64 cases were reported causing seven deaths.
As the mosquito season starts Dr. Hopkins reminds us of three ways to prevent the irking bug:
Wear long pants and sleeves, use a bug repellent with DEET in it and avoid the outdoor at dusk and dawn.