AUSTIN (KXAN) - El Paso reported its first death from West Nile virus on Thursday -- a 77-year-old man. That makes 44 deaths from the virus in Texas, half of all deaths in the country.
Bug repellent helps keep the mosquitoes away, and there are also things people can do in their yards to protect themselves..
One option from ABC Home and Commercial is to install an in-ground automatic misting system that sprays an organic pesticide mornings and evenings.
"Right along the fence line, where the shade is and the leaf debris that doesn't get removed, this is where (mosquitoes) will come to. That's where we want the dose to go to kill them," said general manager Brian Kelly.
The misters start at $1,000 and up, depending on the size of a property. A 55-gallon drum of the pesticide should last two months.
"This material kills the mosquitos and as they repopulate it hits again in the evening and the next morning," said Kelly.
Mosquitos are relentless. They can hatch in three days and love shade, foliage and standing water.
Homeowners should check upturned can lids, potted plants and eave troughs for standing water -- but some water is hidden.
"There are places like knot holes and crotches in trees where water will get in and stay for weeks. Mosquitos will be in there for weeks after a rain, breeding," said Kelly.
It is important to police front yards and backyards.
"Keep organic debris away from bushes, trim your bushes and don't make a conducive, stagnant area -- that's what really attracts them," said Kelly.
Store-bought spray cans have a short-term benefit but require spraying at least twice every day.
When having an event, a reception or pool party, professionals can treat an area with a portable fogger, which will provide protection for up to two days.
Experts advise wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors, and to stay indoors at dusk and dawn.
No relief from the mosquitoes is expected before the end of October, at the earliest.
The expected winter weather has delayed initial construction work on MoPac until the rain and cold temperatures pass through.
Family and friends held a vigil Wednesday at the State Capitol in hopes that a Bastrop man can win a new trial.
An unusually cold blast of arctic air arriving early this morning will be followed by an increasing chance of freezing drizzle/rain and sleet by Friday morning.
The HealthCare.gov website is working more smoothly for central Texans.
City leaders in West Lake Hills discussed the ongoing concern with the city's water system Wednesday night. The problems arise when water is needed most; fighting fires.
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