With the colder temperatures lately a scene like this is just a memory. But don't be lulled into a false sense of security, mosquitoes will be here, and they'll be hungry. Some will be carrying the West Nile virus. Despite that the Centers for Disease Control says only 40-percent of Americans use insect repellant.
Dr. Lyle Peterson from the Centers for Disease Control says people do need to be using more repellant during the peak mosquito season because West Nile Virus frankly is almost everywhere in the country.
And Nevada is no exception. 28-people were infected here last year. Which is why the C-D-C is expanding its list of recommended repellants to include products containing the chemical Picaridin--and the first "natural" repellent to get the government's seal of approval, oil of lemon eucalyptus.
Dr. Anette Rink, Nevada Agriculture Dept. Lab Directorsays in Europe these products have been used for over 20-years, both of them as a matter of fact, and they have been shown to be effective as a mosquito repellant. The United States has its own accreditation process for all products that are used in the United States and that might have something to do with it.
The C.D.C says recent studies show the products to be effective and safe. But they won't ward off mosquitoes unless you use them especially at dusk and dawn when the insects feed. And with this unusual wet weather, now is the time to look for places around the house where mosquitoes will breed and cause real problems...like old tires.
While the C.D.C has added two new products to its list of mosquito repellants the agency says DEET still remains the gold standard.