Put An End To The Buzz!
Posted: Sep 30, 2017 6:15pm

Mosquitoes aren’t just a bothersome itch, they are also carriers for the Zika virus and more. Here are a few safe treatments and natural prevention methods to keep your home bite-free.

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Hurricane Harvey Relief Help
Posted: Sep 28, 2017 11:06am

For those affected by Hurricane Harvey, knowing what to do next, where to find items that need replacing or contractors to help it get done, may be a bit of a challenge.To that end, the following list of resources has been compiled to help in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

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Meeting Location Changed
Posted: Sep 8, 2017 4:04pm

HCMUD 1 Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm. This month the meeting location has been changed to:

Nino's Restaurant
2817 West Dallas
Houston, Texas 77019

The public is welcome to attend.

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Revisions to Trash and Recycling Schedule
Posted: Sep 7, 2017 2:18pm

Due to circumstances as a result of Hurricane Harvey, the recyclables which were scheduled to be picked up on 9/6 will not be collected until 9/10 (Sunday). Please have your recycle bins in the street no later than Sunday morning at 6:00am. We apologize for the inconvenience. Normal schedules for recycling should resume next week.

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Services Update
Posted: Sep 4, 2017 2:20pm

Water services are fully operational and the water is safe to drink. Trash collection services are continuing as regularly scheduled, but high volume and lots of traffic at disposal sites may cause some delays for trash collection for residents. Thank you for your patience as we get through the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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Put An End To The Buzz!

Mosquitoes aren’t just a bothersome itch, they are also carriers for the Zika virus and more. Here are a few safe treatments and natural prevention methods to keep your home bite-free.


Put An End To The Buzz...Safely!

Mosquitoes aren’t just a bothersome itch, they are also carriers for the Zika virus and more. With the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey comes standing water. Even an inch of standing water is enough for a female mosquito to lay three hundred eggs at once. With eggs hatching and maturing in a little over a week, you need to act fast. Here are a few safe treatments and natural prevention methods to keep your home bite-free.

Outdoor Prevention

Check carefully around your home for likely places to find standing water such as backed up gutters, small pools, pet bowls, indentions in tarps/umbrellas, garbage cans, bird baths, watering cans, trays underneath potted plants, etc. A well kept lawn also discourages small puddles from developing.

Other natural prevention methods are to encourage a welcoming habitat for their natural predators, such as a bat house or purple martin bird house. Certain herbs and plants can also be utilized for their repellant qualities, minimally having them planted in your yard can help. Marigold, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemongrass and Basil are some of the best, but to get the most from them, make an herbal bundle and burn it in a fire at your next outdoor gathering.

If you do use citronella, be sure it’s not just scented but actual citronella oil! Many essential oils can be diluted and used in the home or on your skin to repel mosquitoes as well.


Outdoor Treatments

If you have outdoor standing water that’s part of your permanent landscape, there are still water treatments that won’t damage the natural wildlife such as Mosquito Dunks®. These donut-shaped “dunks” are a mild bacteria – Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (BTI) – toxic only to mosquito larvae. This BTI bacteria is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency as containing no other toxins, thus it will not affect animals, fish, birds or reptiles alike. Also, this product is fast acting and lasts over thirty days. One dunk will treat about one hundred square feet of water surface. For smaller areas Mosquito Bits® (pellets) are available to sprinkle across the water.

Treating a Bite

The following are used for treating mosquito bites:

  1. Antihistamines: reduce swelling, relieve pain and help itchy, blood-clotting mosquito saliva to exit a bite.
  2. Vinegar: malic acid in apple cider vinegar is a natural anti-inflammatory, able to soothe bites when applied topically or added to a bath.
  3. Toothpaste: a small drop of toothpaste can act as an astringent, drawing itchy venom from a wound as it dries. Menthol, commonly found in mint toothpastes, will also provide a cooling sensation resulting in some relief from discomfort.
  4. Heat: a hot compress on a bite can numb the nerves in the same way ice does and also opens the pores to let the itchy toxins escape.


Essential Oil Tips

Essential oils are the highly concentrated natural oils found in plants. They can be purchased in many stores such as Walgreens, Whole Foods, HEB, and of course online. The best oils to repel mosquitoes are peppermint, lemon, lavender, eucalyptus, thyme, geranium, clove, sage, cinnamon, and rosemary.

Per research done by Iowa State University, the essential oil in catnip (Nepeta cataria), was ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET (the most common ingredient in insect repellants).

You can mix your favorite essential oil repellants with alcohol or a carrier oil (a cold pressed vegetable oil such as olive oil, avocado oil, apricot oil, etc.) for safe and chemical-free skin repellant sprays. There are lots of recipes online you can try that will tell you the ratios to use.

End the Buzz

By using the outdoor preventions, outdoor treatments, bite treatments and essential oil suggestions listed above, you and your family can safely put an end to the mosquito buzz!