WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) -As the weather warms up, and rain continues to fall, Winnebago County says it’s time to protect yourself against West Nile virus.
That virus is spread through the bite of infected mosquitoes and there is no vaccine. The health department says you should remember the three Rs: Reduce, repel, report.
- Reduce the number of disease carrying mosquitoes around your home and neighborhood by:
Dumping standing water every five days
Cleaning up debris such as old leaves and twigs
Getting rid of old tires
Making sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens without tears or openings
- Repel mosquitoes to avoid bites by:
Wearing shoes with socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors
Using EPA-registered insect repellent containing 25-30% DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR
3535, according to label instructions
- Report dead birds to WCHD at 815-720-4245