06/19/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/19/2019 08:42
Don't be mosquito meat this summer.
Beat back the bloodsuckers by following this simple battle plan. Here's a map to get started, followed by some key tips:
Control Mosquitoes Where You Live
Not everyone will check or know to check these locations, so please share this list with neighbors and your homeowner's association.
Protect Yourself and Your Family From Mosquito Bites
Why Wage Battle Against Mosquitoes?
Besides the unpleasant and itchy result of bites, West Nile Virus is found in mosquitoes in Northern Virginia every year and can cause symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, joint pain and rash. Anyone traveling to areas where Zika is active are at risk of returning home infected with the virus. Only about one in five people with Zika develop symptoms, however pregnant women and women who might become pregnant should be careful not to get Zika because it can cause birth defects.
Asian tiger mosquitoes, which can spread West Nile and Zika viruses, lay their eggs and develop in water-holding containers. Asian tiger mosquitoes do not live in ditches, creeks, ponds or lakes.
One of our own staffers describes Zika and other mosquito-related things in his 2019 rap video, 'West Nile Story.'
How Your Health Department Can Help
Our Health Department staff can give a brief overview of mosquito prevention and control at your homeowner or condo association meeting. They can also do a yard inspection to help you find and eliminate sources of mosquitoes on your property - just call 703-246-8931, TTY 711, or email [email protected] to schedule an appointment.
The Health Department does not routinely spray for mosquitoes and does not spray for nuisance mosquitoes. However, adult mosquito control will be considered if human or mosquito surveillance indicates a significant threat to public health.Read More Mosquito Information