LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) is warning that our community is currently in a mosquito-borne disease and urges the public to reduce mosquito breeding areas. It does this after Hall County discovered West Nile Virus (WNV) in its mosquito population.
To reduce mosquito breeding areas so your community is safe and relatively pest free, do the following:
- Drop small paddling pools daily and properly maintain pools.
- Maintain garden ponds and fountains and keep the water flowing.
- Remove dirt, weeds, and litter from the drainage routes.
- Change the water in bird baths weekly and in dog bowls daily.
- Remove the vegetation from the sewage lagoons.
- Store tires, buckets and containers where they cannot collect water.
- Fill in deep spots in yards.
- Use larvicides in standing water. Always follow the directions for applying the label.
Preventing insect bites is the best way to minimize your risk of WNV infection. The LLCHD again urges residents to avoid mosquito bites by following the following precautions:
- Limit the time outside in the morning or evening light.
- Wear shoes, socks, and light long-sleeved shirts and pants.
- Use insect repellants that contain DEET, picaridin, or lemon eucalyptus oil. Always follow the directions on the label.
According to the LLCHD, it is also important for horse owners to vaccinate their horses against WNV. Questions about vaccination should be directed to a veterinarian.
Further information can be found at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: wnv).