The Orange County Department of Health reported on July 22 that a mosquito pool carrying the West Nile virus was found in the Village of Greenwood Lake.
“The discovery of West Nile in the mosquito population is a reminder that this virus is still present and a risk,” said Orange County Health Commissioner Eli N. Avila. “Residents should wear appropriate clothing and consider sprays when outdoors and check their property for any pooling or stagnant water.”
To minimize the risk of contracting West Nile, Avila suggests:
- Minimize outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.
- Wear shoes and socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when you are outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are most active.
- Consider using mosquito repellent when it is necessary to be outdoors, particularly during evening activities, e.g., fishing. Make sure to follow the directions on the label.
Mosquitoes can breed in any stagnant water that lasts more than four days. To reduce the mosquito population around your home and property, Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus reminds residents to take the following steps to reduce or eliminate standing water:
- Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water-holding containers.
- Drill drain holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are kept outdoors.
- Make sure that your roof gutters drain properly, and clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall.
- Turn over wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
- Change the water in birdbaths twice a week.
- Remove all discarded tires from your property.
- Clean vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds.
- Drain water from pool covers. Also, remove leaves and debris as they collect on covers to reduce breeding areas.
- Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.
- Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens are fashionable but become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate.
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