WACO (JULY 17, 2013)—The heavy rain that’s fallen across much of Central Texas over the last several days could produce a bumper crop of mosquitoes.
So far this year, only two human cases of West Nile have been reported in Texas and neither was in Central Texas.
But in 2012 dozens of human cases were reported in the immediate Central Texas area and four of the victims died.
Hardest hit was McLennan County, where there were 44 confirmed human cases and two deaths in 2012.
"It takes anywhere from five to seven days for eggs to hatch," said Kelly Craine, the spokeswoman for the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District said.
"So (with) the rain this week, there’s the potential for a new crop of mosquitoes to hatch,” she said.
She said mosquitoes can lay hundreds of eggs in as little as a single teaspoon of water.
"Look for those places that water puddles,” she said.
“That could be anywhere,” she said, including water spouts, trash cans, lids, and old tires.
Mosquitoes are out mainly at dusk and dawn.
She said those who are going to be outside, particularly at those two times of day, should use repellent and wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants.