I hate mosquitoes!!! And East Texas summers are the worst for mosquitoes. Not only do they bite and itch, but you can contract West Nile if an infected mosquito bites you! West Nile Virus is a very serious virus. I found some preventative measures on WebMD that can help you keep the  mosquitoes away this summer!

Something to remember: The chance that any one person is going to become ill from a single mosquito bite remains low. The risk of severe illness and death is highest for people over 50 years old, although people of all ages can become ill.

We are all familiar with these tips, but I thought we could use a reminder!

Use Insect Repellent Containing DEET

Even a short time outdoors can be long enough to get a mosquito bite. DEET is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women and -- in concentrations of 10% or less -- in children.

Drain Standing Water

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. So clean out birdbaths daily and get rid of anything that holds water!

Stay Indoors During Peak Mosquito Hours

Mosqiutoes are likely to bite you in the early morning and at dusk. Make sure you wear protective clothing and repellent.

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites

Consider wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants. Spraying repellent on your clothing will help as well.

Report Dead Birds to Local Authorities

By reporting dead birds to state and local health departments, you can play an important role in monitoring West Nile virus. State and local agencies have different policies for collecting and testing birds.