How Can Residents Protect Themselves?
  • Reduce mosquito breeding areas on and around your property.
  • Stay indoors at dawn, dusk and early evenings
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever you are outdoors
  • Apply insect repellent containing 20 percent to 30 percent DEET to exposed skin or clothing. DEET has been shown to be effective against mosquitoes. Do not apply to children under 3 years of age, and do not apply to hands or face of children. Read and follow directions carefully.

Most importantly, it is essential that all homeowners take action to reduce mosquito breeding areas on private property. Effective mosquito control - on a county-wide basis - depends on each resident doing his or her part.

Mosquito breeding around the home can be greatly reduced by following a few simple guidelines. Note that mosquitoes will lay eggs in any container holding water rich in decomposing material (like leaves, grass clippings, etc.) Review this list often!

  • Dispose of / remove old cans, buckets, flower pots or other containers that may collect water
  • Dispose of old discarded tires - these can produce thousands of mosquitoes in just one season
  • Clean out leaves from clogged roof gutters and drains
  • Eliminate water collecting in pool and boat covers
  • Turn over wheelbarrows and wading pools when not in use
  • Do not allow water to stagnate in birdbaths
  • Drain standing puddles, ditches, tree holes or tree stumps

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1. What Is West Nile Virus?
2. How Is West Nile Virus (WNV) Transmitted?
3. What Happens if a Person Is Infected?
4. What About Other Animals?
5. How Can Residents Protect Themselves?