Protect Yourself Against Mosquito Bites
By Gloria Wall, Crawford Co. public health director -
Crawford County Public Health was notified today that a dead crow found in Crawford County has tested positive for West Nile virus. Surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1.
West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds
The positive bird means that residents of Crawford County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites to prevent West Nile Disease..
Simple steps to protect against mosquito bites becomes even more important with West Nile identified in our area. The best way to avoid the disease is to reduce exposure to and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes by:.
Limit time spent outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
Apply insect repellent to clothing as well as exposed skin since mosquitoes may bite through clothing.
Make sure window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquito entry.
Properly dispose of items around your property that hold water, such as tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or discarded tires.
Clean roof gutters and downspouts for proper drainage.
Turn over wheelbarrows, wading pools, boats, and canoes when not in use.
Change the water in bird baths and pet dishes at least every three days.
Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs; drain water from pool covers.
Trim tall grass, weeds, and vines since mosquitoes use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours.
Landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas.
To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, please call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.
For more information on West Nile virus: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/communicable/ArboviralDiseases/WestNileVirus/Index.htm