Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus in Virginia
08/31/2012 11:39 by Leisa Mullen
Henrico, VA (WWBT) stated on August 29th that there are 4 confirmed human infections in Virginia. Now Counties including Henrico are taking steps to help communities keep the mosquito population down.
In Maryland 13 cases of West Nile virus have been reported since the 1st of July, claiming it's first victim reported on the 30th just recently. In mid August Texas reported their 10th death due to the West Nile virus.
The West Nile virus is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes. In the United States most outbreaks usually occur between June and September.
PermaTreat recommends that you take precautions against mosquitoes when outdoors. Follow the three D's to keep mosquitoes at bay:
Drain: Empty out water containers at least once per week.
Dress: Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
Defend: Properly apply an approved repellent such as DEET or picaridin
Tips to make your yard a mosquito-free zone:
- Dispose of any tires - tires can breed thousands of mosquitoes.
- Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers.
- Clear roof gutters of debris.
- Clean pet water dishes regularly.
- Check and empty the water from children's toys.
- Repair leaky outdoor faucets.
- Change the water in bird baths at least once a week.
Mosquitoes are detrimental to the health of human beings and are a nuisance to society. Take precautions to avoid them. If you are concerned that you may have a mosquito infestation and need professional help contact PermaTreat to schedule an inspection and evaluation.