The Worcester County Health Department provides the following tips to help prevent contact with mosquitoes and reduce risk of infection by the West Nile virus.
West Nile virus is most common during the summer and fall months. The virus is transmitted by infected mosquitoes and spread to humans, birds, horses and other animals. Since mosquitoes can breed in as little as a quarter inch of water, the recent rain may attract more mosquitoes.
To avoid contact with mosquitoes:
- Stay indoors at dawn and dusk.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.
- Use an EPA-registered insect repellant and follow package instructions.
- Get rid of mosquito breeding sites.
- Remove all discarded tires from property.
- Dispose of water-holding containers.
- Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly.
- Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out.
- Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they are not in use.
For more tips and information about West Nile virus, please visit our website at http://worcesterhealth.org.