Saturday, August 6, 2011

West Nile Virus Is Back: Break Out the Bug Spray and Dump All Standing Water

The West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes.

Posted by: Noël Jones

Adam Clark of The Morning Call reports that the West Nile Virus has made its yearly visit back to the Lehigh Valley, and while there is no reason for residents to panic, we should remember to take the following precautions:

"The prime breeding ground for mosquitoes is the standing water around the outside of homes. The Resource Center suggests taking the following steps to prevent breeding:
• Dispose of cans, containers and pots that have collected on your property.
• Pay special attention to discarded tires. Stagnant water in tires is where most mosquitoes breed.
• Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors.
• Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees plug drains.
• Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.
• Turn over wheelbarrows and don't let water stagnate in birdbaths.
• Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use. Keep water from stagnating on pool covers"


tunsie said...

there R pools in homes that were forclosed and have pool of water which R breeding grouns for this epidemic......tunsie

tunsie said...

I forgot to say I luv noel.....tunsie

noel jones said...

please call the city whenever you see pools like this--they are a danger to everyone.