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ReplyReply to CommentoCollapse SubdiscussionLisa CarlosLisa Carlos4:10pmJul 4 at 4:10pmManage Discussion EntryTara, I also live in Montgomery County. I live in a newly developed neighborhood, and the bugs out here are horrendous, especially the mosquitoes. I was up one night doing homework recently, and I did see a truck come by spraying for mosquitoes. We got a free extermination with our new home, but the company said spraying for mosquitoes and horse flies is an extra fee! My saving grace is a Dynatrap. It is a really innovativeefficient bug zapper. It has cut down on our bug problem tremendously. I heard that a reason why children get bit a lot is because they drink a lot of juice so it makes their blood more attractive to mosquitoes. I personallydo not like to wear bug repellent, and I really do not like to put it on children. I know they have natural ones, but I have never really found those to work as well. Also water tends to collect on both sides of my house so the builder installed French drains on both sides. It was a breeding ground for mosquitoes when we first moved in. I also know that
sometimes mosquitoes will ride in on the dog or come in when she is obstinate about not wanting to come in, and I have the door open for a bitlonger than I would like. Thank you for the heads up about West Nile. I did buy some bug repellent because I do not want to get eaten up, and I will just shower after I come inside. I just have really sensitive skin, and I seem to react to so many products on my skin whether it be breaking out or developing a rash.ReplyReply to CommentCollapse SubdiscussionJulie BrownJulie BrownMondayJun 29 at 11:27amManage Discussion EntryI was born and raised from Corpus Christi, Texas. Nueces County is known for having beautiful beaches from the Bayfront to the beaches located along the Gulf of Mexico. Due to many restrictions within our community because of COVID-19, there has been an abundance of people flocking to the beaches. One public health crisis we face in our community is high levels of fecal bacteria found in the waters. Swimming in waters with high levels of fecal bacteria can spread bacterial infections, viral infection and protozoan infections that can affect the gastrointestinal tract, the eyes, ears, skin and upper-respiratory tract, according to the Texas Beach Watch(Burns, 2020, para. 4). As a community we need to work together to protect our environment. There has been many solutions discussed to try and correct this problem. Clean, safe water is the hallmark of an advanced society. But it is one that we have taken for granted for too long, and now America is falling short. To make good on this clean water promise we made to ourselves, we must invest as a nation to repair our water infrastructure as wisely and rapidly as possible (Rumpler, 2020, para. 24). Investing in pure water supplies can help control sewage overflows and better improve the health of our communities.