West Nile virus found in daytime mosquitoes
The Woodlands Township is reminding residents to take precautions against mosquito bites at all times of the day.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has isolated West Nile Virus in a second mosquito species trapped at two separate surveillance sites in The Woodlands Township and South Montgomery County area.
The Aedes albopictus, or the Asian tiger mosquito, tested positive for the disease. This species is active during daylight hours. Street spraying targets the most common carrier of West Nile Virus, the Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito that is active from dusk to dawn.
According to a press release, daytime biters are not affected by nighttime spray programs. Prevention is the only effective treatment for the Asian tiger mosquito. Residents are urged to monitor their landscapes and empty or put away anything that can hold water, including plastic swimming pools, toys, decorative pots, tires and buckets. Rain gutters should also be cleaned so that debris doesn't collect water.
Mosquito bits or dunks, a biological larvicide, should be applied to sources of standing water that cannot be drained, says the press release. Ponds should be stocked with gambusia or other mosquito-eating fish.
"It is very important that everyone protect themselves from being bitten," said Lynne Aldrich, manager of environmental services for The Woodlands Township, in the press release. "Avoid mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves and long pants and using repellent when outdoors."
When it comes to mosquitoes, the press release reminds residents to think WET, which stands for: Wear repellent and long, loose, light-colored clothing; Eliminate standing water by dumping containers and avoid overwatering; and Treat with larvicide if water cannot be drained.
For more information, call 281-210-3800 or visit thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.
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