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Posted August 21, 2012

 Preventive Measures Against West Nile


Citizens are also encouraged to be vigilant as it relates to controlling mosquito populations around their homes and businesses. Citizens are encouraged to:

·        Wear DEET-containing mosquito repellants according to label directions

·        Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs. Check properties for objects - including old tires, flower pots and drip plates, tin cans, buckets, and children’s toys - that collect rainwater and either drain or dispose of the water

·        Install or repair windows and door screens

·        Empty, clean and refill birdbaths and small wading pools weekly

·        Empty and refill pets’ water bowls every few days

·        Repair failed septic systems

·        Repair leaky outside faucets

·        Clean rain gutters and down spouts

·        Secure swimming pool covers tightly and remove any standing water after rainfall

·        Store wheelbarrows, canoes and boats upside down

·        Stock ornamental lawn ponds with fish (Gambusia) that eat mosquito larvae (Gambusia fish are available FREE from the Vector Control Program)

West Nile Virus is expected to be active in neighborhoods throughout Shelby County for a longer period of time this year. The Shelby County Health Department urges residents to use repellents when outdoors at night regardless of perceived mosquito activity.


Source: Memphis and Shelby County, TN Health Department.



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