The Edmond Sun

Local News

August 17, 2012

Reducing mosquito habitat key to avoiding West Nile Virus

EDMOND — As the numbers of West Nile Virus cases in Oklahoma continue to climb, the City of Edmond is in communication with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department. The OCCHD is advising residents to take extra precautions against the mosquito-borne illness by avoiding mosquito bites and reducing habitat where mosquitoes live and breed.

“One of the most effective measures people can take is looking around their homes to identify and get rid of any sources of standing, stagnant water where mosquito larvae can grow,” said OCCHD Public Health Protection Chief Phil Maytubby.  

To reduce mosquito habitat:

• Prevent items such as buckets, cans, pool covers, flower pots, and tires from holding standing water;

• Empty and refill birdbaths and your pet’s outdoor water bowl daily.

Swimming pools and fishponds with circulating water generally are not a problem. “As long as the water is moving the larvae can’t grow,” Maytubby said.

For standing water sources that can’t be drained, OCCHD recommends microbial larvicides that kill mosquito larvae before they emerge as adults. Use of larvicides can reduce or eliminate the need for ground or aerial application of pesticides to kill adult mosquitoes.

Microbial larvicides are non-toxic to humans and do not pose risks to wildlife or the environment when used according to label directions. Larvicides may be purchased from hardware or home improvement stores.

In addition to these measures, be sure to protect your home from invading mosquitos by keeping window and door screens in good repair.

Edmond officials remind Homeowner’s Associations to monitor drainage ponds throughout their neighborhoods during this time of concern. Edmond residents may call the City of Edmond’s Community Image department at 359-4793 to report sources of stagnant water outside their own property.

For more information on larvicides visit http://www.epa.gov/opp00001/health/mosquitoes/larvicides4mosquitoes.htm.

For additional information on WNV visit www.occhd.org or the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s WNV website at http://go.usa.gov/wpz.

 

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