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Pesky mosquitoes could make a comeback during next few weeks

October brings with it the crisp fall air and the excitement of the upcoming Holiday season, but it's typically the rainiest month of the second half of the year with almost 4 inches of rain in Central Texas.

Fall rains come with a pesky consequence: floodwater mosquitoes.

Although they lie dormant earlier in the year, the mosquito population is most active from May to November, with the floodwater species being more active in the coming weeks.

Floodwater mosquitoes are larger than the household species that most people are accustomed to seeing, and they tend to have a stronger bite. They lay eggs on the ground in areas that are likely to get flooded since their newly hatched younglings need to spend the first few phases of their lives in water; which is why the flooding caused by rains sparks their population growth.

The good news is that these mosquitos do not carry the West Nile Virus, a major disease concern with these insects.

There are easy ways to protect yourself: wear mosquito repellent with the ingredient DEET when spending time outdoors, fix up areas with low-lying still water in your backyards, and cover up with longer layers when possible.

With these precautions in mind, you should be good to go and soak up the autumn in Austin!


Airport braces for high traffic this month with ACL and F1 drawing in travelers

(AUS airport/Instagram)

With major entertainment events slated for October, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is gearing up for a busy month.

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With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again

Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.