Prevention

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing or stagnant water.  By eliminating places for mosquitoes to breed, we can greatly reduce the threat of the West Nile virus.  The following is a checklist of simple things that you can do to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and reduce your risk of being bitten:  

  • Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens, and repair or replace torn screens
  • Dispose of water-holding containers such as tires, tin cans, empty flowerpots, buckets, etc.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools, toys, wheelbarrows, etc. when not in use
  • Drain water from pool covers and keep pools clean and chlorinated
  • Make sure rain gutters drain properly
  • Change the water in birdbaths at least once a week
  • Aerate ornamental ponds or stock them with fish
  • Use mosquito repellants containing DEET when necessary and follow directions on the label
  • Limit time spent outdoors when mosquitoes are most active (between dusk and dawn)‚Äč