Mosquitoes Test Positive For West Nile Virus This Summer

RIVERSIDE COUNTY , CALIFORNIA – This summer, for the first time mosquitoes in the Nuevo area, have tested positive for West Nile virus. This area is served by Riverside County Vector Control Program. It is not rare for mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus in the summer.

A sample was taken of mosquitoes on June 17th and the Department’s vector-control staff has increased their mosquito surveillance in hopes of combating the disease from transmitting and spreading. They are specially monitoring adult and larval mosquitoes in the area.

The 19th annual National Mosquito Control Awareness Week begins on June 21st. Headed by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) the aims of the week is to make people understand how mosquito’s can affect their lives and the work done by mosquito control workers in United States and worldwide.

Complaints regarding mosquitoes are answered by the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health Vector Control. Workers look for stagnant water around the area where mosquitoes might breed and the department set traps the collect mosquitoes that are tested for diseases.

Mosquitoes are quite troublesome for outdoor activities but can also be dangerous if they are carrying a disease, which they easily transmit through their bites.

It is important to eliminate mosquitoes in your areas and you can help eliminate and protect yourself from them by taking a few precautions:

– Remove all stagnant water
– Empty pots, tools, tires etc, of any water
– Community clean ups
– Ponds, which cannot be easily cleaned out, should be stocked with mosquito fish, which is easily available free of cost
– Protect yourself at Dawn and Dusk, which are two most dangerous times for mosquito bites
– Use mosquito repellent
– Cover yourself with extra clothing
– Keep mosquitoes out of your house by having tight fitted net screens on your windows and doors.

Educate yourself with what mosquitoes are attracted to. They are most attracted to bigger people because they are larger targets, active people because they produce more CO@ and lactic acid, smelly feet and dark clothing. Mosquitoes find host by sight at distances of 25 to 35 meters and can fly 1 to 1.5 miles per hour.

Even small amounts of stagnant water are breeding ground for hundreds of mosquitoes.

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