Grammy Winner Rick Trevino Voices New PSAs
Trevino has joined country music star Kevin
Fowler as the voice of our summer radio and TV public service announcements. Trevino’s PSAs can be heard in both English
and Spanish across Texas. Adding Rick Trevino’s Spanish-language
announcements allows us to broaden our reach.
In light of of debuting our first Spanish PSA, we worked hard
to expand and improve our Spanish website, CuideATexas.org to mirror our popular English site. We’re excited to announce the Take Care of Texas pledge is now available in Spanish, as well as the animated house, our
online system for ordering FREE publications, and many other resources and tips for kids and adults to help protect
the Texas environment.
Rising Reservoir Levels
For the first time since November 2010, the May 25 drought monitor
showed the absence of extreme drought in Texas. As of June 1, Texas water supply reservoirs, which include reservoirs that provide water for all beneficial purposes such as
power generation, recreation, and municipal water supply were 83.1 percent full. Just three months ago, they were only 65.8 percent full. Despite all of the heavy rain, reservoirs are still below normal for much of the western half of the state. Find out about the levels of the reservoirs in
The Take Care of Texas staff's thoughts remain with the families, communities, and businesses affected by the recent storms and flooding.
With All the Rain Come Mosquitoes
Flood-water mosquitoes lay eggs above the waterline in ditches, ponds, tanks, and other places where
water collects. The eggs can remain in dry conditions for several months. After
floods or heavy rains when the water level rises, the eggs hatch and in a few
days produce swarms of aggressive and hungry mosquitoes. Another wave of
mosquitoes occurs later, typically 10 to 14 days after the rains stop. These
mosquitoes are a big nuisance but rarely cause illnesses. Other kinds of mosquitoes lay eggs on the standing
water left by flooding or heavy rains. These mosquitoes may transmit viruses
such as West Nile. On May 21, the Texas
Department of State Health Services announced the state’s first case of West
Nile virus this year.
following steps to help cut down on the mosquito population:
- Empty or get rid of cans,
buckets, bottles, old tires, empty pots, plant saucers, and other
containers that hold water.
- Keep gutters clear of debris
and standing water.
- Change water in pet dishes at
least once a day.
- Maintain your backyard pool or
hot tub and be sure someone takes care of it if you are out of town.
- Cover trash containers so they
will not collect water.
- Repair any leaking plumbing and
- Screen rain barrels and openings to water
tanks or cisterns.
Which mosquito repellents work best?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend products containing active ingredients that have been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as repellents applied to skin and clothing.
Of the products registered with the EPA, those containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon-eucalyptus, and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. Learn more.
Coming in 2016! This graphic will appear on labels of skin-applied insect repellent to help consumers easily identify the repellency time for mosquitoes and ticks. The EPA will review products that apply to use the graphic to ensure that their scientific data meet current testing protocols and standard evaluation practices.
On June 6, you can fish without a license on any public waters in Texas. Find a fishing spot near you.