Getting prepared for ’skeeter season

The rains have answered prayers, nourishing pastures and refilling lakes along the West Fork of the Trinity River.

They have ensured a busy summer for lawn crews, lake marinas — and mosquito control.

The mosquito problems of recent summers will be multiplied several times over if residents do not go out immediately and prevent the insects from breeding.

Dump standing water right away and clear any lawn debris and wet leaves. Drain excess water from unused swimming pools and spas, wheelbarrows, grills, potted plants and rain gutters.

Health officials are optimistic that the heavy rains might clean out stagnant water and disperse mosquitoes enough to keep viruses from spreading. But water left standing into the summer becomes a dangerous breeding ground.

Get in the habit of limiting activities around dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are out. Stock up on mosquito repellent with DEET, picardin and oil of lemon eucalyptus.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has compiled a “Mosquito Safari” website of information about identifying mosquitoes and controlling them. Read it at mosquitosafari.tamu.edu.