There have been 36 cases of West Nile in our area, five of them fatal. So now, many are taking extra steps to protect themselves.
The mosquito scare and the West Nile Virus has families loading up on bug repellent.
"Gotta protect my kids by spraying them." says Michelle Campbell. She never lets her children outside without it."I always make sure that whenever we leave the house that we're sprayed down," she said.
Stores like Target are stocked up on all the essentials, from natural bug sprays to the recommended DEET repellents.
But Adam Salvati, the Merchandising Assistant Manager at Home Depot in Killeen, says not to be confused now that some products mention "West Nile Virus" on their packaging. "The most important thing is that these don't kill the West Nile Virus," he said. "What they do is they kill mosquitoes and as you know, the mosquitoes carry the West Nile Virus."
"I can't go outside unless I have it on, otherwise I get chewed up," said Ellen Julsen. She always uses bug spray, but also worries about using DEET. "I'm really afraid of the chemicals, but I feel like if I use it while I'm outside and I make sure that I take a shower and wash it off then I'm cutting down the risk of the chemical," she said.
But Michelle doesn't want to take the risk of her children getting infected. "I know they've been safe for years so I'm pretty sure it would be okay. I spray them down regardless, I mean it protects them," she said.
According to the CDC, DEET has been used for more than 40 years. Though scientists still don't know how it actually repels the mosquitos.