Prevent West Nile Virus by Eliminating Mosquito Breeding Places

Prevent West Nile Virus by Eliminating Mosquito Breeding Places

Reduce your Risk of becoming Infected by following these Tips

Author: Environmental Health Staff/Tuesday, June 6, 2017/Categories: NEWS

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Reduce your risk of becoming infected by following these tips to eliminate standing water.

  • Remove disused tires and other items that can hold water where mosquitos can breed
  • Check for containers in places that may be hard to see, such as under bushes or under your home.
  • At least once or twice a week, empty water from flower pots, pet food and water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers, wading pools, buckets, barrels, and cans.
  • Eliminate any low places in the yard.
  • Promote proper drainage of culverts and ditches by keeping them free of trash and weeds.
  • Check for clogged rain gutters. Roof gutters can be a major breeding ground for mosquitos
  • Cover garbage cans to keep out rainwater.
  • Unused swimming pools should be drained and kept dry during the mosquito season.
  • Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water.
  • Change the water in pet dishes, horse troughs, birdbaths and plant pots or drip trays at least once each week.
  • Cover stored boats or turn them upside down
  • Check and repair window screens.
  • Cover all gaps in walls, doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering.




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