Just recently, a positive West Nile infected mosquito has been found in the Pond Mills Area. A reminder that just because you don’t live in Pond Mills doesn’t mean you are free from infection.
Jeremy Hogeveen, the Vector-Borne Disease Coordinator for Middle-sex London Health Unit advises us on some main precautions to take to avoid being bitten:
- Use an insect repellent that uses DEET and following its instructions.
- Removing all standing water. The mosquitoes that are most likely going to bite you are going to be the ones developing in your backyard.
- Regularly changing birdbaths water.
- Tipping over kids toys and kiddie tools.
- Circulating ornamental ponds or adding a pump or fountain.
- Putting screens over rain barrels.
- Emptying rain gutters and flower pots.
- Work with your neighbors and communities to get rid of standing water elsewhere.
- Wearing light-coloured, long sleeved shirts and pants.
- Avoid going outside when mosquitoes are most active, which is near dawn and dusk.
than a week. Each mosquito can lay up to 400 eggs and it becomes a vicious cycle were constantly battling.” Hogeveen explained.