Warmer temperatures are here, and with them come the onset of West Nile Virus season. Niagara residents and visitors to the area are encouraged to take protective measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
Niagara Region has issued the following West Nile Virus Safety information for residents:
Warmer temperatures are here, and with them come the onset of West Nile Virus season. Niagara residents and visitors to the area are encouraged to take the following protective measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes:
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks and shoes when outdoors
- Whenever you use mosquito repellent, apply a product containing DEET or Icaridin, and carefully read and follow the manufacturer’s directions
- Drain any areas of standing or stagnant water
- Make sure all windows and doors in your home have screens
- Again this year, low impact larvicides (methoprene and Bti) will be applied to areas on public property where mosquitoes are breeding beginning at the end of May and monthly through the summer season. These include catch basins and other standing water sites that cannot be easily drained. In addition, 21 mosquito traps will be placed throughout the region to capture mosquitoes that will be tested for the virus.
WNV is a virus spread by mosquitoes and can cause inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) and flu-like illness. The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes that become infected by feeding on an infected bird. Mosquitoes carrying WNV have been found in urban areas. “The most important ways to control West Nile Virus include eliminating mosquito breeding areas around the home, reducing personal risk by covering up when outdoors, and wearing insect repellents containing DEET or Icaridin,” said Peter Jekel, Manager, Environmental Health.
For more information, please contact:
905-980-6000 ext. 7219