Mosquitoes carrying West Nile found; emphasis on removing breeding sites

Residents can reduce mosquito breeding by eliminating standing water in gutters and items such as planters, toys, wheelbarrows and old tires.

Mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus are still present in DeKalb and the Board of Health is educating the public to eliminate mosquito-breeding sites and protect against bites.

The board said July 13 that its technicians found mosquitos carrying West Nile in the southeast portion of the city of Tucker, and it is now conducting door-to-door visits in the identified area.

So far this year, no human cases of West Nile virus infection have been confirmed in DeKalb County, the board said.

To reduce the spread of the virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, Board of Health technicians routinely trap mosquitoes throughout the county to test for viruses.

As part of the board’s comprehensive mosquito control program, its technicians also work with residents to eliminate infestations. 

Measures include placing larvicide in storm drains and other areas with standing water to young mosquitoes from becoming flying, biting adults.

The Board of Health offer these tips:

n Reduce mosquito breeding in your yard by eliminating standing water in gutters and items such as planters, toys, wheelbarrows and old tires.

n Discourage mosquitoes from resting in your yard by trimming tall grass, weeds and vines.

n Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus are most active.

n Make sure window and door screens fit tightly to keep out mosquitoes.

n Use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. Apply according to label instructions.

n Spray clothing with products containing permethrin according to label instructions.

For more information about mosquito-borne illnesses, visit www.dekalbhealth.net/envhealth or call 404-508-7900.