Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE) has put out a notification letting us know that there is an increase in mosquitos and a resulting risk of West Nile Virus throughout the County in recent weeks. Maybe it is all the rain we are getting? West Nile can potentially lead to serious illness and even hospitalization. Please take precautions to keep yourself healthy as you enjoy our great outdoors.
Some suggestions are:
- Please use mosquito repellent that has been proven to be effective against West Nile Virus carrying mosquitoes. Ones that contain Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (with the active ingredient p-menthane diol), DEET, Picaridin, or IR3535 are good choices.
- Keep your skin covered by wearing long sleeves, long pants and socks.
- If possible drain standing water in your yard, under your flowerpots, on your deck or in your garden. Turn anything that can hold water (toys, boats, buckets, etc.) upside down so that rain doesn’t collect in them.
- Switch out the water in bird baths at least every other day.
- Use netting over baby carriers and strollers.
- Keep window screens repaired.