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Personal Protection Measures are the Best Protection Against WNV

CCE and many others including health agencies, have consistently recommended that the best way to reduce possible exposure to WNV is through personal protective measures, such as wearing long sleeved shirts, keeping mosquitoes out of homes by using screens, reducing standing water around homes and using non-toxic bug repellents, primarily in July and August.

The following are a few simple, but important ways you can eliminate mosquitoes around your home:

  • Get rid of water-holding containers, especially old tires, cans, buckets, drums, wheelbarrows and bottles
  • Cover trash containers to keep out rain
  • Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers
  • Clean roof gutters and remove water from flat roofs
  • Drain the water in birdbaths, plant pots and drip trays twice a week
  • Sweep your driveway after it rains so that it is free of puddles

Remember: Taking personal responsibility for your property and carefully following these tips can help you and your family enjoy a more mosquito-free season!