Protect Yourself From West Nile Virus
We do not have any confirmed human cases of West Nile virus reported to date, but this is a good reminder that it is important to protect yourself from mosquito bites, particularly in the hours from dusk to dawn:
- Use a mosquito repellent with DEET, permethrin, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to package directions.
- Drain standing water in yards (old tires, potted plant trays, pet dishes, toys, buckets, etc.).
- Wear long sleeves and pants after dusk.
- Keep roof gutters clear of debris.
- Clean swimming pools often or drain them.
- Clean and stock garden ponds with mosquito-eating fish or mosquito dunks.
- Make sure screen doors and window screens are in good condition so that mosquitoes cannot get indoors.
- Keep weeds and tall grass cut short; adult mosquitoes look for these shady places to rest during the hot daylight hours.As you know, Sandy is in the South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District (sslvmad.org). Residents with ornamental ponds, horse troughs, or other standing water they are concerned about can contact the district to ensure the entomologists are aware of that specific potential mosquito breeding ground; residents can also request mosquito prevention treatments be applied to their ponds or troughs at no cost to them.
For more information, please contact the Salt Lake County Health Department at 385-468-4100 or slco.org/health.