You can protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes that may transmit West Nile virus and other viruses.
In your yard you should:
- Eliminate all standing water from property.
- Keep pool cover free of standing water.
- Maintain pools by chlorinating and filtering.
- Maintain ornamental ponds. (Stock with fish. Bubblers and
- fountains prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs.)
- Clean clogged house gutters of debris.
- Change water in birdbath and planter bases every 1-3 days.
- Turn over containers, buckets, and wading pools.
- Remove un-rimmed tires from property.
- Check window and door screens and repair if needed.
- Properly grade property to prevent standing water.
- Maintain drainage ditches and keep clear of any
- Properly cut and maintain all vegetation on property.
When outdoors at dawn and dusk you should:
- Wear long sleeve shirt and long pants.
- Consider insect repellant. (Use according to label
- Limit outdoor activities. (Mosquito activity is greatest during
- the hours of dawn and dusk.)
- Stay away from brush, shrubs, and wooded areas where
- mosquitoes may live.
Erie County Department of Health
Rabies, Disease & Vector Control Program
503 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214