How can I prevent West Nile virus?

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Peter DeLucia
Health Education
A key strategy in preventing West Nile virus is to make sure your property is free of standing water, as mosquitos can breed in small amounts of water. In this video, public health specialist Peter DeLucia, MPA, shares some important prevention tips.
The easiest and best way to avoid West Nile virus (WNV) is to prevent mosquito bites. Specifically, you can:
  • Use insect repellents containing DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) when you are outdoors. Follow the directions on the package.
  • Consider staying indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. If you have to be outdoors during these times, use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants. Light-colored clothing can help you to see mosquitoes that land on you.
  • Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
  • Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying sources of standing water outside of the home, such as from flowerpots, buckets, and barrels.
  • Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in birdbaths weekly, drill drainage holes in tire swings so that water drains out, and keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they are not being used.

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