MAYVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Mosquito pools in the southern tier have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, according to the Chautauqua County Department of Health. The threat is in effect through October 31st in Conewango Creek Valley, in Kiantone and Carroll.
The health department is urging people to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites, and protect themselves from potential exposure to EEE.
People are urged to follow these precautions to defend against mosquito bites:
- Use insect repellent properly. Those with DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus are most effective. Read the product label and use according to package instructions.
- Limit outdoor activities in areas where mosquitoes are most active and between dusk and dawn which is the peak mosquito biting time.
- If you have to be outside, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks as weather permits.
- Repair or replace all window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
- Reduce or eliminate all standing water.
- Empty or dispose of pails, cans, flower pots, or similar water-holding containers.
- Clear roof gutters, remove leaf debris from yards and gardens, and clean vegetation and debris from the edge of ponds.
- Turn over wheelbarrows and wading pools when not in use.
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs and drain pool covers.
- Clean vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds
- Change the water in birdbaths and horse troughs twice a week.
- Dispose properly of old tires.
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