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During mosquito season, the following are recommended:
1. Wear loose, full coverage clothing and a chemical or oil-based mosquito repellent.2. Insect-proof your home. Repair any tears in the window screens.3. Use citronella candles and plants to repel mosquitoes in your yard.4. Consider using yellow LED lighting outdoors. It won't attract mosquitoes.5. Dump any stagnant water sources. Mow your lawn and trim your shrubs regularly.
Prevention is Key:Although West Nile Virus (WNV) infections are rare in humans, personal protection is very important, especially for those who are 50 and over. Residents should take the proper precautions to reduce the risk of getting the mosquito-borne WNV by remembering the Four D's: dress, defend, dusk/dawn and drain.• DRESS to avoid mosquito bites by wearing long, loose and light-colored clothing when outside;• DEFEND yourself by using insect repellents approved by the EPA or CDC;• DUSK to DAWN outside activities should be avoided when possible, and especially if one isn’t dressed and prepared with repellent; and• DRAIN all areas of standing water in and around the home, including wading pools, pet dishes and birdbaths
Citizens should also make special efforts to reduce potential mosquito breeding areas within their yards and within their neighborhoods. Eliminate any standing water that collects on your property, for example, drain tires, cans, flowerpot saucers or anything else that holds water. Make sure gutters drain properly and clean gutters regularly. Change the water in birdbaths at least once a week. Use BTI briquettes, or larvicide briquettes, in standing water. BTI is a biological control agent that is very specific for killing mosquito larvae (available at home improvement and hardware stores).
If you believe you are experiencing any West Nile Virus symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, disorientation, and/or neck stiffness, immediately contact your doctor or health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, please contact your local emergency room or urgent care center.