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Could The West Nile Return To Harris County

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Saturday's downpour flooded cars, knocked down trees, and caused a lot of headaches. Now comes a new threat, one that could turn those headaches into serious body aches.

"Our main concern is West Nile virus," said Rudy Bueno, Harris County Mosquito Control. " We had such a serious year last year. That's really our concern, and we have (already) had increased bird calls, people calling in to pick up birds (this year)."

West Nile virus has been in our area for about a decade, and while there's no need to panic, the fresh images of this weekend's storm serves as a reminder to protect our families.

"We can't get rid of them, but certainly we can do things that will help reduce the numbers.

Morgan Killebrew is a Pinterest user and tapped the site to learn about way to keep them away. Sure, she knows they breed in standing water, so it's best to get rid of that. She knows they're not strong fliers, so outdoor fans are good to keep them off us, but something threw her off guard.

"I never knew Marigolds were repellents," she said.

Turns out the pesky creatures aren't big fans of a lot plants. Lemon grass and Basil play a part in keeping their out of your yard. And if you're looking for a more natural mixture to protect your skin, Killebrew found a few suggestions on the site.

"Homemade vanilla extract," she said. "This one has lemon juice and vanilla extract stuff you can eat. That's pretty cool."

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