How To Prevent West Nile Virus
West Nile virus is a virus that is transmitted to humans mainly through the bite of a mosquito. Yep, those little annoying mosquitoes that make your body itch and itch can actually give you something a lot worse.
- Use insect repellent to keep mosquitos and not to mention other insects at bay.
- Remember that clothing can help protect against mosquito bites. Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants to protect yourself from bites. However, some clothing is too thin to properly prevent mosquito bites, so spraying some insect repellent on your clothes may be a helpful idea.
- From dusk to dawn are the times when mosquitoes are most active. During this time try to take extra care, or try not to even go outside during this time.
- Remember to drain any standing water. Why? Mosquitos lay their eggs in standing water, so unless you like being really, really itchy drain the water.
- Install or keep screens in good condition. Having proper, well-fit screens are a great way to stop mosquitoes from coming inside and biting you. This is especially helpful when the nights are hot and you have to keep the window open.
- Report any dead birds to authorities. A dead bird could possibly mean the spread of the West Nile virus to mosquitos. By letting authorities know, they can find out where West Nile is and can aid in the prevention of infections to the public.
- Clean up. Cleaning up around the neighborhood can help prevent the number of breeding sites that mosquitoes will have access to. Plus, picking up things like bottles and pop cans is good for the environment and makes the community look good.
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