REDUCE THE RISK OF WEST NILE VIRUS AROUND YOUR HOME!
West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne disease that poses a relatively low risk to people. In severe cases is may cause encephalitis, a brain infection, and even death. Mosquitoes acquire the disease and spread the virus after they feed on infected birds and then bite people, other birds or animals. It is not spread by person to person contact or by being in contact with infected animals.
MOSQUITOES NEED WATER TO BREED. THE BASIC FORMULA FOR REDUCING THE MOSQUITO POPULATION AROUND YOUR HOME IS SIMPLE: ELIMINATE THEIR BREEDING SPOTS, REDUCE THEIR NUMBERS.
Clean your yard now! - Get rid of or clean up anything that collects water.
Old Tires Tin Cans Buckets
Tarps Flower Pots Kiddy Pools, etc.
Stop Stagnant Water:
Change the water in items such as birdbaths and plastic wading pools every few days (empty and store them when you are away).
Cover trash containers, recycling bins, & barrels, etc.
Empty drip trays under outside planters. Fill in tree rot holes or hollow stumps.
Keep puddles from forming:
Fill in any ruts or depressions on your property. Repair outside faucets and leaky pipes.
Make sure your gutters and drainage pipes are clean and running freely.
Tarps and covers over grills, firewood, swimming pools, and boats collect water. Check them after every rain.
Store wheelbarrows and other containers that may collect water upside down or inside when not in use.
Also Remember to:
Keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed to reduce mosquito resting areas.
Do not throw anything, especially grass clippings, in street catch basins (this provides an excellent breeding area for mosquitoes.)
Check and repair windows and screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
Keep swimming pools clean and chlorinated; also keep ornamental ponds/water gardens aerated or stocked with fish.
Avoid mosquito-breeding areas during peak periods of mosquito activity (dusk, dawn, and after a rain)
Apply insect repellent (a repellent containing 10-35% DEET is recommended).
Avoid mosquito-breeding areas during peak periods of mosquito activity.
If you do venture outside:
Wear long sleeves and pants
Wear closed shoes
Avoid damp grassy areas
Apply insect repellent (Follow the label carefully!)
Reporting Dead Birds:
The Pennsylvania Department of Health is coordinating the collection of dead birds specimens for possible virus testing. Species of interest include:
Birds of Prey (Hawks, Raptors, Owls, Etc.)
Should you find a dead bird that you believe had died of natural causes, please contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Berks County Office at 610-378-4352. If the bird is one of the species listed above and has died within 48 hours; it may be suitable for testing for the presence of West Nile Virus.
For more information please contact:
Berks County Conservation District—
Department of Environmental Protection—