Mosquitos really become a bother in the middle of summer and we begin to worry about the West Nile Virus. This season the first confirmed case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in South Dakota was June 5. How can you get rid of these pesky mosquitos and reduce your risk of WNV transmission? Here are some tips from the South Dakota Department of Health:
- Apply mosquito repellents (DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, 2-undecanone or IR3535) to clothes and exposed skin.
- Reduce mosquito exposure by wearing pants and long sleeves when outdoors.
- Limit time outdoors from dusk to dawn when Culex mosquitos, the primary carrier of WNV in South Dakota, are most active.
- Get rid of standing water that gives mosquitos a place to breed.
- Regularly change water in bird baths, ornamental fountains and pet dishes.
- Drain water from flower pots and garden containers.
- Discard old tires, buckets, cans or other containers that can hold water.
- Clean rain gutters to allow water to flow freely.
- Support local mosquito control efforts.