Watch out for those pesky mosquitos

August 3, 2013

We have had some recent sporatic rains, which have caused an outbreak in mosquitos. The evening and early morning in the grass is the most likely place for these mosquitos as most of you know.

Not only are the mosquitos problematic, the ticks are also not to be taken lightly.

Our summer has everyone wishing for some cooler weather and more rain. Summer does not look like it is going to end any time soon and many believe that the insects have been kept at bay, but don’t be complacent about insect protection.

Mosquitos can carry West Nile disease, though chances are low in our area. It still pays to use protection if you are to be out, especially early morning and after the sun goes down.

Soon enough, Dove hunters will be out in force all across the state. Hunters going into the field should be prepared.

I remember the summer of 1980 where we had 69 days with temperatures above 100. I was in the Army at Fort Hood, and on maneuvers we typically wore dog flea collars around our boot ankles to keep the ticks and chiggers off. I forgot to wear them once and I was covered with chiggers from the waist down.

A bite from an infected tick can cause illnesses such as Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Human Ehrlichiosis, according to sources for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). Ticks are most anywhere in Texas, and most animals will carry ticks at some time. Your pet can also get Lyme disease.

The Lone Star tick, which is common throughout the south and central United States is apparently the tick in Texas that is likely to carry disease. I am not sure I can tell the difference, but the Lone Star Tick is about the size of a watermelon seed. The Lone Star Tick readily feeds on human blood.

Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection that can cause skin, joint, heart and nervous system problems. It usually begins with flu-like symptoms. Occasionally there may be skin lesions or rashes, usually around the site of the tick bite. Spring and early summer usually have the most instances.

Treatment is with antibiotics. Untreated, Lyme Disease may result in severe damage to joints, the heart and nervous system. In Texas, more than 1,680 possible cases have been reported since 1990.

Both Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Human Ehrlichiosis can be fatal if not treated quickly. Symptoms resemble flu with high fever, headaches and muscle aches. There also can be a measles-like rash.

Some common sense prevention tips include treating your pets and yourself, staying out of tall brush, and check yourself frequently.

To remove an attached tick, use tweezers to grasp the tick at the skin surface. With a steady motion, gently pull the tick straight out. Do not crush the tick’s body.


Lake Granbury water temperatures are in the middle 70s. Water levels are still around 7 feet low and falling. White bass fishing continues to be phenomenal. Afternoon bites have been better than early morning. Black bass fishing continues to be good near laydowns and covered docks. Some good crappie reports have been reported.

Squaw Creek black bass fishing is fair to slow. Some anglers seem to locate fish even in the upper 90s surface temperature on this power plant lake.

Lake Whitney and Possum Kingdom are reporting fair catches of striped bass.

Benbrook is 5 feet low and soon they will be closing some ramps. Crappie fishing in Benbrook continues to be good to excellent on jigs and small minnows. Hybrid striped bass have been fair to good to 10 pounds on live shad on Benbrook. Proctor is reporting good catches of sandbass and hybrids on live bait near Sowell Creek Park.

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