The 4 D’s to Reduce West Nile Virus Exposure

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Local mosquitoes in Larimer county have recently tested positive for carrying the West Nile virus.

You have most likely heard of what it can do to some people, and it ain't pretty.

What can you do to reduce your chances of it affecting you or your family?

Be aware of and practice the 4 D's:

  • Defend – Use DEET or other effective mosquito repellent – Use an EPA-registered mosquito repellent that has been proven to be effective against West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes.  DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (also called p-menthane-3,8-diol or PMD) and IR3535 are good choices.
  • Dusk to Dawn – Avoid exposure during peak Culex mosquito feeding times, from dusk through dawn.
  • Dress – Wear long sleeves and pants to keep mosquitoes from biting.
  • Drain – Remove standing water in your yard or garden to minimize mosquito breeding areas.

Further info here:  West Nile Virus Active Locally