The Health Department plans to begin its annual mosquito collection and testing next week, with traps set out in 12 areas of the City each Sunday and collected Monday, a schedule that will be repeated through October. Nighttime spraying to control the adult population of mosquitoes is conducted by the City in designated areas only when area samples test positive for the West Nile virus, or if a resident contracts West Nile virus.
Residents are reminded to think of “The Four D’s” when taking personal steps to help protect against mosquito-borne illness:
- Drain standing water
- Avoid being out at dusk/dawn
- Dress in long sleeves and pants
- Apply insect repellent containing DEET or other effective repellents all day, every day
The Health Department provides more information online, including an interactive map of all 12 management areas, with updates for each area.