West Nile Virus Info
West Nile Virus
West Nile is a virus spread by infected mosquitoes that can cause serious illness including encephalitis or meningitis in humans.
Methods of Prevention
Limit outdoor activities in the evening when mosquitoes are most active
When outdoors, wear protective clothing (long sleeves, long pants, loose fitting clothes)
Avoid working in areas with tall grass, weeds, or bushes where mosquitoes hide during the day
Use insect repellant with "DEET" and follow label directions
Eliminate outdoor areas where water can collect, including buckets, tires, birdbaths, flowerpots, rain barrels, and tarps.
Old tires, cans, pails,, and other water holding containers are ideal breeding sites. Store the upside down or get rid of them.
Fill in or drain low spots in your yard
Keep ditches, drains and culverts clear of weeds and trash so that water will drain properly
Drain water from tarp or plastic sheeting which cover wood piles, boats, etc.
Keep eaves troughs clean of leaves and debris
Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store them inside when not in use. Unused backyard swimming pools may also create breeding problems
Change bird bath water weekly
Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps with sand or concrete
Keep boats/canoes covered or upside down
Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed so that adult mosquitoes will not hide there in the daytime.
Use a fine mesh screen on top of rain barrels so that female adults cannot reach the water surface to lay eggs.
For more information contact Bay County Mosquito Control
Other links related to: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention or Michigan Department of Community Health