Everyone Can Help Prevent West Nile Virus

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Reports of mosquitoes and birds testing positive for West Nile Virus are coming in from every corner of the country. Spread to humans by mosquitoes, West Nile Virus is a growing issue in the U.S. Last year was the deadliest on record for the virus, and many communities are on high alert to prevent and treat a possible outbreak this summer. 

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments are taking preventative measures, there are simple tips every homeowner can take to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds on their property and avoid becoming a meal to these pests.

  • Eliminate standing water and other sources of moisture in or around the home in flowerpots, water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers, barrels, tires, and other objects that can collect water.
  • Keep windows and doors properly screened to keep mosquitoes outside.
  • Be alert when outdoors during dawn, dusk, and early evening hours, when mosquito-biting activity can peak. Also, avoid areas near water where mosquitoes gather, especially during peak activity.
  • Avoid wearing dark colors and floral prints, loose-fitting garments, open-toe shoes, and sweet-smelling perfumes or colognes.
  • If you'll be spending time outdoors, wear mosquito repellent with DEET as well as long pants and long-sleeve shirts.