Mosquitoes lay eggs in still water, which hatch in 7 to 10 days. If standing water is eliminated weekly around the property, many mosquitoes will be kept from breeding in the first place. Here are some things you can do:
standing water in ponds, ditches, clogged rain gutters, flower pots, plant
saucers, puddles, buckets,
equipment and cans.
Use mosquitofish or mosquito dunks to prevent mosquito larvae from growing in small areas of standing water. Use BTI for larger bodies of water. (See supplies page for more information.)
Well-maintained swimming pools and spas are not a hazard since pool chemicals kill any larvae. The main concern is stagnant water, where mosquitoes lay their eggs undisturbed.
at dawn and dusk when the bugs are most active.
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
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