Published: Fri, August 16, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Mosquito Control out in full force in Harrison County

Mosquito Control out in full force in Harrison County

The Animas Mosquito Control District notified San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that three mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus over the past two weeks. Officials say symptoms can include fever-like illnesses.

- Health officials in Citrus County have issued an advisory for West Nile virus, which is a mosquito-borne disease.

Spraying will commence after sundown on August 16 and 17 and will conclude at 10 p.m. Duet HD, the pesticide being used, does not pose a threat to domestic animals or humans, Natrona County Weed and Pest said Monday.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes.

Use DEET-enhanced insect repellent or alternative.

Dress in long sleeves and trousers where mosquitos are active.

Along with wearing long sleeves and long trousers and using bug repellent, the CDC additionally recommends controlling mosquitoes inside and outside your own home by putting screens on windows and doorways and preventing mosquitoes from laying eggs in water or near water.

Residents are also encouraged to cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of homes.

Be especially careful when doing outdoor activities at dusk and dawn, when mosquitos are most active.

The district urges all residents, businesses, developers and farmers to be responsible and help eliminate mosquitoes by inspecting their properties for sources of stagnant water, like tarps, tires, buckets, construction debris, pools, plastic toys, gutters, watering troughs, and bird baths. Individuals older than the age of 60 are at most risk for serious illness or disease from the virus.

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