POSTED: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 12:03pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 2:10pm
BROWNSVILLE — Health officials are warning residents to get the bug spray ready!
They're expecting quite an increase in the flea, tick and mosquito population this year.
That's thanks to the very mild winter we had.
"Since we never got below freezing at any point the animals (insects) never really died off so we're expecting them to start reproducing as soon as the even warmer weather comes," says Willie Gonzales, Ordinance Enforcement Officer II of Brownsville City Health Department.
So what's that mean for you? -More insects trying to get after your blood.
Gonzales does however have a few tips for keeping safe since there could be health risks when coming into contact with these biting insects.
First, he suggests closely monitoring your pets to make sure they're not bringing any of these insects into your home.
Second, he advises that residents treat their yards earlier this year.
And lastly, make sure to wear protective clothing when you go outside. Clothing that covers your skin from these insects.
"Fleas and ticks do spread some kinds of disease, ticks do spread lime disease, not all ticks, but deer ticks will spread lime disease, so some people can get really sick," says Gonzales.
While the city cannot treat for these insects of private property they can treat throughout the city. If you see a hot spot where these insects are multiplying you can contact the Brownsville City Health Department at 542-3437.