The City uses two methods of abatement, adulticiding and larviciding. Larviciding is the most effective treatment and begins in April when overnight temperatures stay above 60 degrees. Briquettes and granules are used in areas holding water to treat mosquitoes in their larvae stage. Adulticiding operations begin in May and continue until the evening temperatures go below 60 degrees. This is the "fogging" method most people are familiar with seeing.
Chances of being infected by the West Nile Virus can be reduced by following a few simple rules.
AVOID MOSQUITO BITES
Apply insect repellent to exposed skin when you go outdoors. The most effective repellents contain DEET.
Use care in applying repellent to children; don't put repellent on their hands, and be careful to avoid their mouths and eyes. Products containing 10% or less DEET are the most appropriate for children aged 2-12 years.
Whenever possible, wear protective clothing such as long sleeves, long pants, and socks while outdoors.
Spray clothing with repellents containing DEET or permethrin, because mosquitoes amy bite through thin clothing.
Consider staying indoors between dusk and dawn which is peak mosquityo biting time.
Avoid activities in area where mosquitoes are plentiful.
Fix or install window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of buildings.
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. To avoid helping mosquitoes breed in you environment, drain standing water.
AVOID BREEDING MOSQUITOES
Routinely empty water from:
Clogged rain gutters
Swimming pool covers
Buckets, barrels, and cans
Any other items that collect water in which mosquitoes can lay eggs