Your greatest risk of contracting West Nile virus is in the months of August and September. Starting in spring residents can take steps to reduce the risk of contracting mosquito borne diseases.
Reduce Mosquitoes around the home
•Remove discarded tires from your property. Used tires hold water creating a perfect mosquito breeding area.
•Clean clogged roof gutters. Standing water in roof gutters are breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
•Turn over plastic wading pools, wheel barrows and other water holding containers that are not in use.
•Change water in bird baths at least once a week.
Avoid Mosquito Bites.
•Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when you are outdoors.
•Minimize time outdoors during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
•Apply insect repellent to yourself when outdoors. Use repellents containing DEET and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. If DEET is applied to children use a repellent containing a DEET concentration of 10% or less. The percentage of DEET does not increase the amount of protection against mosquitoes but instead increases the duration of time the repellant is effective. DEET concentrations higher than 50% no longer increase the length of protection.
•Fix any holes in screens and make sure they are tightly attached to doors and windows.
•Ultrasonic devices and vitamin or herbal supplements do not provide effective prevention from mosquito bites.
Links to more West Nile Virus and mosquito control information:
Minnesota Department of Health Dead Bird Reporting
Minnesota Department of Health West Nile Virus Home
Centers for Disease Control West Nile Virus Home
Metropolitan Mosquito Control District (Minneapolis/St. Paul area)
The American Mosquito Control Association
Public Health Home