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DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – The calendar only reads March, but a summer pest is already swarming around North Texas.

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It’s awfully early in the year, to say the “m” word. With people still bundled up outside, you may not be thinking about mosquitoes. But they are around, and the weather isn’t too cold for some of them.
Entomologists say it’s not too early to start the buzz about mosquito dangers.

“We are tracking mosquitoes year around, we are identifying and tracking info on mosquitos. So, for us mosquito season is every day,” said Dallas County entomologist Scott Sawlis.

Right now, the roller coaster weather means mosquitos are on again, off again pests. Some varieties of the insect thrive in cooler weather. Just as you start enjoying slightly warmer weather, they do too.

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“You could have the sun come up this afternoon, and it gets a little bit warmer and then you have more activity,” said Sawlis.

Health experts say it’s not too early to take precautions, and they remind people there were a dozen West Nile cases confirmed in Dallas County last year.

“When you’re outside, dusk and dawn, of course protect yourself then. And most important with this rain is drain.”

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