Standing Water and Warmer Weather Create Breeding Conditions
PITTSBURGH – With another mosquito season starting, the Allegheny County Health Department is calling on residents to help stop the West Nile virus by looking for and eliminating mosquito-breeding sites around their homes and neighborhoods.
“Mosquitoes breed in standing water, even in small amounts, so people should make every effort, especially after wet weather, to seek and eliminate accumulations of water,” said Interim Health Director Dr. Ronald E. Voorhees.
Here are some tips to curb mosquito-breeding and fend off mosquitoes:
Get rid of items that hold water -- tires, buckets, flowerpots, junk piles and cans.
Clean out roof gutters and storm drains.
Change the water in birdbaths once or twice a week.
Empty and turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.
Drain water from plastic coverings on swimming pools and outdoor furniture.
Properly filter/chlorinate backyard swimming pools; dismantle those not in use.
Fill in depressions on your lawn to prevent accumulation of water.
Repair leaky outdoor faucets that can create a pool of stagnant water.
Make sure windows and doors have screens and they are in good repair.
Wear socks, long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.
Apply insect repellent to exposed skin, especially during peak mosquito-biting times in the early morning and early evening.
For more information, please call the Allegheny County Health Department at 412-687-ACHD(2243) or visit www.achd.net.