West Nile Virus
West Nile is a virus transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes transmit the virus after becoming infected by birds carrying the virus.
Mosquitoes are most active in the Victoria area from mid-April until October. Although the chances of infection from a mosquito are low, precautions should be taken to avoid infection and to control mosquitoes around your home.
West Nile Virus can cause mild to severe illness.
Suggestions to protect yourself:
- Wear socks, shoes and a hat
- Wear long-sleeved, light coloured shirts and pants
- Use an insect repellent containing DEET when outdoors
- Avoid spending time outdoors at dawn or dusk when mosquitoes are most active
- Ensure that door and window screens are in good repair
Reducing breeding sites around your home:
Mosquitoes require standing water for the egg, larva and pupa stages of their life cycle. Eliminating standing water bodies will help to reduce the areas available for breeding.
- Drain or discard any tin cans, plastic containers, old flower pots, buckets, garbage cans or any similar item that can hold water
- Change water in bird baths every 3 to 4 days
- Drain water that has collected in pool covers or tarps
- Keep eaves clear of leaves and twigs to prevent water collection
- Put a mosquito proof screening over rain barrels
- Fill in any depressions in your lawn or on your property
- Empty any water that has collected in old tires
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