With the recent spring rains the Kosciusko County Health Department wants to remind the community about the upcoming possibility of mosquito borne illnesses. Excessive rain creates breeding pools for mosquitoes that, in our area, can carry West Nile Virus.
The health department says Now is the time to take control measures to reduce the standing water that provides mosquito breeding grounds. Mosquitoes can breed in any water left standing for four or more days. Take the time to review your property and yard for possible mosquito breeding sites.
Check gutters for trapped standing water. Dispose of or empty containers that can collect standing water. Maintain pools with proper chlorination and maintenance. Repair or install screens to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
As we continue into summer, county health nurse Teresa Reed reminds citizens to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites. Use insect repellant according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Wear long sleeves and pants when weather permits to avoid mosquito bites. Use mosquito netting over strollers or when camping. Avoid spending time outside at dawn, dusk, and early evening when mosquitoes bite most often.
The Indiana State Department of Health has already begun testing mosquitoes for West Nile Virus. Although so far this year there have not been any mosquito testing pools confirming West Nile Virus in Indiana, it is early in the season, and it is expected West Nile will be identified during the mosquito season.