MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - They make us itch, scratch, and they drive us crazy. Mosquitoes are a summertime nuisance across the Mid-South.
Days like Friday, when it's rained heavily the day before, seem to be when mosquitos are really active.
The county says they are avidly spraying for mosquitoes to try and get rid of them, specifically the ones that could carry the West Nile Virus. According to the Shelby County Health Department, now is the time when the nuisance mosquitoes start transitioning to ones that carry West Nile Virus.
The good news is there haven't been any human cases of West Nile, but there have been pools that have tested positive for the disease here in the Mid-South.
Truck spraying does work, but it only effectively kills adult mosquitoes currently flying at the time the insecticide is released. So, experts say the best way to protect yourself is to follow the four D's.
- Defend yourself by using insect repellent with Deet.
- Dress in long sleeves and pants, which can be hard to do with the Memphis heat.
- Dusk/dawn are the times when mosquitoes are most active. Stay indoors during those times if you can.
- Drain standing water around your home.
“It's just being aware of it. A typical mosquito bite can vary per person. Some people don't have any reaction, others get a whelp or red bump,” says Bureau of Environmental Health Administrator Tyler Zerwekh. “Obviously if it begins to get bigger or bleeds, has a scab or looks like it's getting infected, hurts to touch, we definitely recommend getting to a health provider.”