The Allegheny County Health Department is urging residents to protect themselves and their neighbors from the West Nile virus by seeking out and eliminating mosquito-breeding sites in their yards and neighborhoods.
“Mosquitoes breed in standing water, even in very small amounts, so people should make every effort to look for and eliminate, especially after wet weather, any accumulations of water,” said County Health Director Dr. Bruce W. Dixon.
Health officials offer these tips to fend off mosquitoes that could spread the West Nile virus:
• Get rid of items that hold water — tires, buckets, flowerpots, junk piles and cans.
• Clean out roof gutters and storm drains.
• Change the water in birdbaths once or twice a week.
• Empty and turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.
• Fill in depressions on your lawn to prevent accumulation of water.
• Repair leaky outdoor faucets that can create a pool of stagnant water.
• Make sure windows and doors have screens and they are in good repair.
• Wear socks, long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.
• Apply insect repellent to exposed skin, especially during peak mosquito-biting times in the early morning and early evening.
For more information, call the Allegheny County Health Department at 412-687-ACHD or visit www.achd.net.