Mosquitoes Can Cause West Nile Virus (WNV)
The Culex mosquito is the mosquito species that carries the WNV. Culex mosquitoes survive well in dry, hot conditions.
WNV is an illness caused when infected Culex mosquitoes carry the disease from infected birds to people. An infected mosquito can cause illness when it bites. A person's risk of getting WNV is very low, but cases are increasing across the country. The greatest risk of getting West Nile is from July to mid-September.
Reduce Mosquito Population - Reduce Your Risk of West Nile Virus
You can reduce the number of mosquitoes in areas where you live, work and play.
- Drain or remove standing water containers, like tin cans, old tires and unused flower pots.
- Clean pools and outdoor hot tubs, keep them empty or covered when not in use, and drain water from pool covers at least weekly.
- Check for clogged rain gutters and for standing water in places that may be hard to see.
- Change water in bird baths weekly.
- Repair window and door screens.
Prevent Mosquito Bites - Reduce Your Risk of West Nile Virus
- Use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient and follow the directions on the package.
- Stay indoors when possible, especially during dawn and dusk.
- Wear lightweight long sleeves and pants when outside.
Links to More Information:
Fight the Bite
Fight the Bite - Child Friendly Version
Arbovirus Activity Update