Galveston County, Texas: West Nile Virus: Prevention Please!

Real Estate Agent with GMAC Real Estate

Summer is West Nile virus (WNV) season in Galveston County, Texas. Simple mosquito bites are annoying enough but the mosquito-borne WNV can be dangerous and even deadly. WNV can cause encephalitis, a serious brain infection. There are steps all of us can take to prevent and protect against the illness.

Mosquitoes carry the disease, after feeding on infected birds. The mosquitoes can transmit it to humans, and also birds and other animals. The virus is detectible year round, it is now part of our environment, but more so during the warmer months. Here are some steps to help prevent infection:

1. . Use an insect repellent with an EPA-registered agent (ex: DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus*, or IR3535) on yourself and all family members when you are outside. This is especially important during dawn and dusk, as mosquitoes are crepuscular creatures and most active during those times.
*Do not use oil of lemon eucalyptus on children under the age of three.

For information on insect repellents and their use:

2. . Wear clothing to resist mosquitos bites, especially at dawn and dusk. Long pants and long sleeved shirts are helpful.

3. . Secure your home against mosquito intruders: screens, windows and doors should be in good repair and without gaps or holes.

4. . Mosquitoes can breed in very small levels of water and standing water should be removed from your property. Some ways to do this include:
Empty and remove anything that can hold water. Whether holding water or being a container was its original purpose or not.
Keep yard debris out of the storm drains. Putting fats down your garbage disposal can lead to clogged storm drains and standing water.

FOR YOUR SAFETY: Do not pick up a dead birds without protection. Use gloves or an inverted plastic bag which you then wrap around the bird without touching it directly. Per Galveston County Health Department it is okay to place it in your routine trash.

For more information:
Galveston County Health District Epidemiology Services, 409-938-2322.

Did you know there is a: Galveston County Mosquito Control District
A truck will spray areas to control the adult population of mosquitoes.
To request a spray: 1-800-842-5622

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