stop enjoying outdoor activities, just learn some simple yet effective
prevention measures to reduce your risks.
• Print a Property Maintenance Checklist
• Print a Home and Garden Checklist
lay eggs in still water, which hatch in 7 to 10 days. If standing water
is eliminated weekly from places around your house and garden, many mosquitoes
will be kept from breeding in the first place. Here are some things you
standing water in ponds, ditches, clogged rain gutters, flower pots, plant
saucers, puddles, buckets, garden
equipment and cans.
Check for items that might hold water including wheelbarrows, toys,
pool covers, tarps, plastic garden sheeting, boats, canoes and trash.
swimming pools and whirlpools are not a hazard since the pool chemicals
kill any larvae. The main concern is stagnant water, where mosquitoes
can lay their eggs undisturbed.
Your local health
department may need you to bring in dead birds early in mosquito season
to test the bird for West Nile virus. Later in the season, some health
departments may need to record the location of dead birds, but do not
need the actual specimen for testing. Call your local health department
for more information. Click
here for a list.
There is no evidence
that a person can get West Nile virus from handling live or dead infected
birds. Persons should avoid bare-handed contact when handling any dead
You can safely dispose
of dead birds by picking them up with gloved hands or with a shovel, double
bagging them in plastic bags, and disposing of them in the trash.
by staying indoors at dawn and dusk when the bugs are most active.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors.
repellent that contains DEET. Follow directions carefully.
to supplies page
a personal protection tip sheet
• Print a home and garden checklist
and Answers (CDC)
Nile Information Pages (Colo.)
a DEET brochure
• Print a DEET brochure
• DEET Online Website
and Folk Remedies
Spraying in Colorado
listing of commercial pesticide applicators licensed in Colorado
more information call the toll-free
Colorado West Nile Virus HelpLine
1- 877- 462-2911
Open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
CDC West Nile Virus InfoLines
Hearing-impaired TDD: 1-866-874-2646
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