Water conservation

More VEEs found

OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Health Department announced that two more mosquito samples collected last week in the city of West Monroe tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEEV). County and state health departments continue to work together to monitor the situation.

Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang reminds people that “Although the days are getting shorter and the temperatures are starting to drop, mosquitoes are still active. The threat of mosquito-borne diseases stays with us until the first hard frost of the season. “

Everywhere, people should continue to use personal protective measures to avoid mosquito bites while enjoying outdoor activities during good weather. “Preventing mosquito bites is the best way to protect against mosquito-borne diseases,” he said. “It is essential that residents of all parts of the county continue to take preventative measures. “

When participating in outdoor activities, people should use insect repellents. Those that contain DEET, picaridin, or lemon eucalyptus oil are effective. Repellents containing permethrin are intended for clothing and equipment and should not be applied directly to the skin. Read the product label carefully and follow the directions on the package.

People should limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, and wear protective clothing such as long sleeves, pants, socks, and shoes when the weather permits. .

Huang reminds residents that it is also helpful to reduce mosquito breeding sites around the house.

Follow these steps to limit mosquito habitat:

  • Repair or replace screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
  • Throw away old used tires which are an important breeding ground for mosquitoes. They are accepted at some transfer stations in Oswego County. For more information, go to https://www.oswegocounty.com/departments/infrastructure_facilities_and_technology/solid_waste/faq.php or call the Oswego County Solid Waste Department at 315-591-9200.
  • Empty or throw away buckets, cans, flowerpots and similar containers with water.
  • Clean the roof gutters and make sure they are draining properly.
  • Turn wheelbarrows and wading pools over when not in use.
  • Clean and chlorinate outdoor pools, saunas and hot tubs, and drain pool covers.
  • Change the water in birdbaths and drinkers twice a week.
  • Remove leaf debris from yards and gardens and clean vegetation from the edge of ponds.
  • Mosquito larvicide dunk packs, suitable for treating large water containers, are available from the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District. Treatments should be used according to label directions. For more information, call 315-592-9663.

For more information on protecting your family from mosquitoes, call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3557 or visit the State Department of Health website. New York at https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/west_nile_virus/.

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