York County Mosquito Pool Tests Positive for West Nile
York County Mosquito Control Division routinely samples mosquitoes collected throughout the County and tests for common mosquito-borne illnesses. Mosquito Control also conducts a comprehensive spray program during the season that mosquitoes are most active, from late spring to early fall. One mosquito pool recently collected in Upper York County (Penniman area) has tested positive for West Nile Virus.
At this time, there are no reported cases of West Nile Virus in humans or animals in York County that the County is aware of. The County plans to continue testing and spraying efforts. Mosquito Control recommends the use of insect repellent and long sleeves/pants to cover exposed skin.
For more information about West Nile Virus, please visit the Virginia Dept. of Health website. If there are concerns about symptoms in someone who has recently experienced a mosquito bite, please contact a medical provider.
Additional information is available:
Virginia Department of Health Reports West Nile Virus Cases
GROUND SPRAYING UPDATE
Thanks for all you do to Fight the Bite. If you have a concern or would like one of our staff to make a home visit –please call Mosquito Control at 757-890-3790.
Ground spraying is scheduled for the following areas on Friday September 21, 2018 between 2:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.:
Waller Mill Road, Cobble Creek, Creekside Landing, Greensprings, Middletowne Farms, Palace Heights, Parkway Estates, Plantation Heights, Queens Lake, Royal Grant, The Reserve At Williamsburg, Williamsburg Commons
Ground spraying is typically conducted as weather conditions permit between 2 a.m and 6 a.m.
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COUNTY NEWS MINUTE - HOW TO FIGHT THE BITE
Pesticide Resistance Testing
Mosquito Control is conducting pesticide resistance testing to determine how species of mosquitoes become resistant to common pesticides used in communities
Tip & Toss
Mosquito Control reminds citizens that the best way to protect our community from mosquitoes is to prevent them from breeding. One of the most effective ways of preventing the spread of mosquito-borne viruses is controlling the mosquito population by eliminating standing water around your homes and in your yards. Mosquitoes lay eggs in water, and a bottle cap of water is all they need. With the rain we’ve experienced lately, this is a perfect time to remind York County to Tip & Toss.
After every rainfall, tip out any standing water in flowerpots, planters, children’s toys, wading pools, buckets and anything else around your yard that can hold water. If it holds water and you don’t need it (old tires, bottles, cans), toss it out. Make sure water storage containers, such as rain barrels and buckets, are tightly covered or sealed to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs in the water.
- Clean out gutters
- Remove piles of leaves
- Keep vegetation cut low to prevent landing sites for adult mosquitoes
- Citizens are encouraged to cleanup yards and communities to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in roadside trash
- Keep doors shut and cover windows with screens, and repair or replace any screens with holes in them
- Use insect repellent containing DEET
Horse Owners are Encouraged to Vaccinate Horses
The Department of Agriculture encourages horse owners to vaccinate against mosquito-borne diseases, such as West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
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