Officials trap mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus

Friday, June 17, 2011 at 4:35pm
Staff reports

Mosquitoes testing positive for the West Nile virus have been trapped in North Nashville near the vicinity of West Hamilton Road, Clarksville Highway and Drakes Branch Road, according to the Metro Health Department.

The department said it has identified no human cases.

According to a news release, the health department plans to increase trapping efforts, mosquito larvae surveillance in standing water and applying granular larvicide in the area. The department’s pest management staff will continue to trap mosquitoes in all parts of Davidson County and conduct surveillance of standing water and apply larvicide when mosquito larvae are present.

Mosquitoes with West Nile virus transmit the virus by biting humans and other animals.

The health department recommends taking the following steps to protect against mosquito bites:

• Limit time outdoors at dusk and nighttime hours when mosquitoes are present.

• Wear a mosquito repellent that is approved for use by the CDC. These include products that contain DEET, Picaridin and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.

• Wear shoes, socks, long-sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors during dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most prevalent.

• Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials to keep mosquitoes away from the skin.

• Tuck pant legs into shoes or socks, and button collars. Make sure your windows and doors have screens and are in good repair.

To reduce the mosquito population where you live, take the following steps:

• Reduce or eliminate all standing water in your yard — especially in children’s toys, bird baths, clogged gutters, tires, flowerpots, trashcans and wheelbarrows.

• Cut back overgrown vegetation (mosquito hiding areas).

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