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Old 10-01-2012, 05:09 PM   #1
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Texas and West Nile Virus

Hi,
We'd like to winter in TX(probably San Antonio or RGV) but worried about the WNV issue. I'm a real mosquito "magnet" and if there's only one around it'll find me! My daughter contracted WNV in 1998 near Dallas but only had a mild reaction to it(but, she was only 27). I'm 69 and fear I might have a much more serious reaction the this dangerous disease. I don't want to spend the winter afraid to go outside or slathered with OFF every time I do.
Is this a rational concern or not? Is anyone else thinking of NOT going to TX this winter because of the WNV outbreak?
Appreciate any advice, especially from those who live/winter there.

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http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/Mapsactivity/surv&control12MapsAnybyState.htm
There is a lot of info in this CDC link.I live in central Texas and did not realize it is as bad as indicated. I play golf 3 mornings a week and have not noticed the skeeters being very bad. We spent a week in Corpus Christi in September in a RV park right on the water and they were not bad. My sister lives in Dallas and says they are very bad. I guess it depends on where you are at. Good luck.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:22 PM   #3
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I live in central texas and don't worry about WNV. Its been around forever and is probably only being better detected than increasing. There is always something to fear. WNV is not high on the risk scale to worry about, IMO.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:30 PM   #4
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Have you tried this?

The Most Effective Mosquito Repellent for Outdoor Areas | ThermaCELL

It gets 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com reviews and you don't put Deet on yourself.

Also, you might consider putting a propane mosquito trap outside.
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Friends lost their 15 year old daughter to WNV. She had had an organ transplant and was on immunosuppressant drugs. I think most healthy people have little to fear, but the bites are no fun.

My former boss put a mosquito misting system in her yard. The only time I ever got bit in 4 years of flowerbed tending was when I went beyond the misted area. They use a natural pesticide made from mums. Pyrethrin, I think?
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Try putting a sheet of Bounce in your pocket. It repels insects.
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Thanks to all for replying. I know the Thermacell works and OFF has a small "fogger" that you can hang on your belt that seems to work too, but not sure breathing the air around those devices is any better than slathering on a DEET repellent.
First I've heard of using a Bounce sheet as an insect repellent, worth a try.

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Jim,

I've used the Off Clip On, but never smelled anything. If not for the fan noise I wouldn't have known it was on. It worked for me when I went where the mister wasn't.
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First I've heard of using a Bounce sheet as an insect repellent, worth a try.
Magic product. Also stops you getting attacked by mice.

Apparently.

Back to the OP. I guess it is possible that locals get exposed to small doses of the virus and end up being immune whereas newcomers might be more susceptible
Apply DEET repellent when mozzies are active. Cover as much skin as possible. Stay indoors after dusk if concerned.
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The Bounce fabric sheets really work. Living in North Texas, I too am a mosquito magnet. The sheets work great. I tied one to my outside chair and have been able to enjoy the evenings outdoors. You can also rub one over your exposed skin or put in your pocket and enjoy evening walks.
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In the winter San Antonio is pretty void of mosquitos. We rarely notice any after late October. This is probably not the case in the RGV however.

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In 10 years we have never been bothered by mosquitos in the RGV.
We have been there from January to April I don't know about the other months.
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I live in central Texas and the mosquitoes have not been bad this year. I think the reporting has just gotten better. But as they say, there's always the chance . Had a park owner tell me to take a clove of garlic and stick it in a blender with water then blend it to death. Strain it into a 5gallon container with water then mix. Put it in a sprayer and spray it around your site. No mosquitoes. Said if you could smell it then it too concentrated.
My dad used to take odorless garlic tablets and swore he was never bit.
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My dad used to take odorless garlic tablets and swore he was never bit.
Garlic is good for your insides as well. And they are cheap enough -- $6 for 200 at Walmart
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