As if Houston's heat and humidity weren't enough to keep us indoors -- we are now a city under siege, thanks to a mosquito invasion.
No, it's not your imagination: swarms of salt marsh mosquitoes are moving inland from the coast, where they recently hatched from eggs that were activated by high tide.
"These mosquitoes, when the water comes in, that will stimulate them to hatch and then they'll emerge in the period of several days," explained Dr. Rudy Bueno, director of Harris County Mosquito Control. "And that's what we're seeing right now."
And while salt marsh mosquitoes are definitely annoying, they are not the kind that can infect humans with the dangerous West Nile virus.
In fact, Harris County's testing has detected a distinct decrease in mosquitoes carrying West Nile, compared to last year's tally.