City & County of SD Publishes Tips to Protect Residents from Mosquitos
May 08, 2017 12:24PM
By Paul Spear
Fight the Bite with Spring Cleaning!
(note: click on the PDF File above to download and print up your checklist)
When temperatures begin to rise, so does the risk for West Nile Virus as the number of mosquitoes increases in the area. One way to safeguard against mosquitoes is to prevent breeding areas around your home. Mosquitoes breed wherever they can find standing water to lay their eggs. This spring, protect yourself and your family by following the tips below for cleaning up against West Nile Virus.
- Clean out pet bowls daily
- Fix leaky faucets that cause water puddles
- Repair or install tight-fitting screens on windows and doors
- Cover or drain items that hold water like unused pools, trash cans, buckets, old tires, garden equipment, boats, and toys
- Clean the water in birdbaths and wading pools weekly
- Add mosquito eating fish to ornamental ponds or unused pools. Call (888) 551-INFO (4636) for free fish
- Clean clogged rain gutters
- Remove standing water in plant saucers, ditches, and other containers
- Trim the yard so that weeds, tall grass, and shrubs cannot harbor mosquitoes
Fight the Bite!
Mosquitoes are one of the deadliest creatures on earth; they have the potential to spread many different viruses like West Nile, dengue, chikungunya, and even Zika. There are over 3000 different species of mosquitoes in the world; 26 of these species are found in the County, some of which are potential spreaders of these viruses (called “vectors”). The Vector Control Program monitors, tests, and controls mosquitoes and provides education and outreach. In order to keep yourself, family and neighbors safe from mosquito borne diseases, follow these three simple steps: Prevent, Protect and Report!
Prevent mosquito breeding around your home.
Protect against mosquito bites by using mosquito repellents and wearing long sleeves and pants.
Report mosquito breeding sites like green swimming pools and other standing water in your neighborhood