With warmer weather upon us, mosquitoes may already be making an appearance around your home. Mosquitoes carry West Nile Virus and other viruses that can cause disease.

These diseases are transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Make sure to wear clothing that covers your arms and legs if you are going to be outside in the evening and apply mosquito repellant when participating in any outdoor activity — especially when fishing, camping, or boating at night.

The Perry County Health Department wants to encourage all residents to help reduce the mosquito population by making sure there is no standing water on your property. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, which includes puddles, stagnant ditches, and containers such as old tires, buckets, cans and neglected swimming pools.

Look around your yard for empty containers that hold water like buckets, outdoor pet bowls, flower pots, tires and bird baths. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs regularly. If not in use, keep them empty and covered and drain water from pool covers. Make sure that gutters and downspouts are free of blockage and are properly draining as well as filling in puddles and ruts in the yard that hold water.

Storm sewers, culverts, and catch-basins can also provide an outdoor resting place for mosquitoes most commonly associated with West Nile Virus. Clear them of debris to assure adequate drainage. Scrap tires should be kept dry and appropriately stacked to avoid water buildup. Store tires indoors or in closed containers.

For more information on eliminating mosquitoes from your property, call our Environmental Department at 740-342-5179.

The Perry County Health Department is working to keep you healthy where you live, work and play. For more information about any program or service offered by the Perry County Health Department, contact us at 740-342-5179, visit us online at perrycountyhealth.info and like us on Facebook.

Deborah Raney is a weekly contributor to the Perry County Tribune

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