What can I do to protect myself and my family from West Nile Virus?
There are two ways to lessen the risk of mosquito bites for you and your family:
1) Tips to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites:
- When going outdoors use insect repellents that contain approved ingredients.
- Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, long pants and a hat. Light coloured clothing is best because mosquitoes tend to be attracted to dark colours.
- Make sure that doors and window screens fit tightly and have no holes that may allow mosquitoes indoors.
2) Tips to eliminate mosquito breeding sites around your home:
- Regularly (twice a week) drain standing water from items like pool covers, saucers under flower pots, recycle bins, garbage cans, wheelbarrows, children's toys, etc.
- Remove old unused items from around your property (i.e. old tires) which have a tendency to collect water.
- Change the water in wading pools, bird baths, pet bowls and livestock watering tanks twice a week.
- Clean out eavestroughs regularly.
- If you have a pond, consider installing an aerator to keep the surface water moving which will make the water inhospitable for mosquito larvae.
By helping minimize and maintain potential breading grounds around your property that can hold standing water, you can help protect against the spread of WNV.
For general inquiries about West Nile Virus:
Call 905-688-8248, ext. 7590 or toll-free 1-888-505-6074, ext. 7590
(Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
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