June 6, 2018

Health Officials Urge Residents to Take Steps to Protect Against West Nile and Zika Virus; Reduce Mosquitoes — Get Rid of Breeding Sites

Now that we are into the warmer months, health officials urge residents to protect against mosquito bites.

Residents can help themselves and the community by getting rid of mosquito breeding spots. Mosquitoes breed in small amounts of water. Eliminate standing water in and around your home. Throw out or frequently empty and scrub items that hold water such as buckets, planters, toys, pools, and birdbaths.

Dispose of trash such as plastic bags, bottle caps, open drink cans or bottles, disposable cups and food wrappers where water can pool.

Keep mosquitoes out of your home by using air conditioning if possible. Make sure windows and doors have screens on them and those screens are in good repair. Clean out roof gutters and down-spouts. Ensure tarps and swimming pool covers are positioned so water drains.

More information about controlling mosquitos is available at montgomerycountymd.gov/mosquito.