If you've been outside at all over the past week or so you certainly don't need me to tell you this, there are mosquitoes everywhere! All the recent rains have doubled, maybe even tripled the mosquito population.

The City of Lawton is fighting back against the mosquito invasion with their Vector Program. They'll begin fogging starting on Monday, May 23rd (05-23-22) using a special chemical that will kill adult mosquitoes.

Health experts and veterinarians across the state are warning Oklahomans about the dangers of mosquitoes and how to avoid not only getting bit but how to keep them from completely taking over.

Mosquitoes can carry all kinds of diseases and can really make you sick if you're bitten. Probably the most known diseases are Malaria and West Nile Virus, but mosquitoes can carry all kinds of other diseases as well. Not only are they dangerous to humans but to all of our four-legged friends as well. Flood mosquitoes are one of the leading causes of heartworms in both dogs and cats. Make sure you're protecting your pets.

Get all the details on the City of Lawton's Vector Program below

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They infect pets by biting them and it can cause serious health issues, even death to your pet if not treated in time. Vets are urging owners to make sure their pets are taking regular heartworm pills or some other form of preventive treatment to help reduce and hopefully eliminate the risk of getting heartworms. This in combination with a flea and tick collar and treated yard will go a long way in protecting your pets.

When it comes to protecting yourself make sure you're using repellent preferably one with Deet or something comparable. If possible wear long sleeves while outdoors. I know in Oklahoma during the Summer that's near impossible. Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk so try to avoid being outdoors during this time.

Mosquitoes love standing and still water so make sure you empty anything outdoors that holds water including birdbaths, open rain barrels, clogged drains and gutters where water can stand, untreated swimming pools, and splash pads, basically anything that can hold water needs to be drained, emptied and dried up. Otherwise, it becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes and you'll never be rid of them.

The wetter it gets, the worse it gets when it comes to the mosquito population. The City of Lawton has be fogging as part of the city's Vector Program and will continue to do so in all populated areas through September. Click here for all the details and for a map that shows what areas and days they'll be fogging for mosquitoes. Take all the steps you can to keep yourself and your pets healthy from mosquito bites.

Look Inside Lawton's most luxurious & beautiful Airbnb!

This amazing French-style lakeside chateau costs $500.00 a night. It's one of the most beautiful and luxurious Airbnb rentals in all of Lawton, Fort Sill. It's a 4 bedroom 4.5 bath home that can comfortably accommodate 10 guests. The home sits right on the waterfront of a lake with the backyard and patio facing the water. The entire home inside and out has an incredible atmosphere and breathtaking views. The outside spaces are as beautiful as the inside. Check out the photo gallery to see what $500 a night will get you!

Where to Find the many murals by Justin Hackney's Spreading PAINT in Lawton, Fort Sill.

If you've driven around town you've probably seen all the murals we have in Lawton, Fort Sill. If you take the time to look you'll notice that they're everywhere. We're lucky to have so many talented artists that share their work with us regularly by painting murals. One name you've probably heard before is Justin Hackney and Spreading PAINT. His work of masterful murals can be found all over town. He's done some of the very best and has painted everything from rock stars to celebrities and everything in between. He has a style all his own and has painted murals in full color, vivid transposed negative style, and in black and white. Be on the lookout for his latest mural masterpiece he's going to keep painting them so long as people want them and there's wall space. Looking forward to seeing his next one! Check out the gallery below of Justin Hackney's Spreading PAINT murals and where to find them. We'll continue to add to the gallery as he paints them.

Oklahoma's Venomous Snakes

If you spend any amount of time outdoors in Oklahoma, it's always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the natural world around you. While only seven of Oklahoma's native 46 species of snake are venomous, it's those seven species that are seen the most in the wilds of the Sooner State.

The best Lawton, Fort Sill Facebook pages & groups to join, follow & be a part of.

If you just moved here, welcome to Lawton, Fort Sill we're glad you're here. It can be difficult moving and starting up in a new place. Trying to make friends, find things to do, get more information about the town itself, and just get acquainted with all the goings-on. We're here to try and help you out with a list of the best Lawton, Fort Sill Facebook pages and groups you should join, follow and be a part of.