West Nile Virus Prevention

West Nile Virus

It's that time of year when mosquitoes are out in full force. They're bothersome, irritating and can be deadly. Health officials say it's time for a resurgence of the West Nile Virus, a flu-like disease transmitted between birds, mosquitoes and humans.

Recent rainfall and a very wet spring have health officials in Leon County working overtime, spraying down mosquito infested areas and testing dead birds.

The perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes; Leonard Green is working hard to weed out the mosquito population. He looks for swampy areas where the youngest mosquitoes hatch. Then he throws in BTI tablets. They look like harmless donuts, but have a deadly aftertaste.

Green says knocking out the blood sucking insects at a young age is the best method, especially when they carry a deadly disease. The West Nile Virus killed over 200 people last year and health officials say the disease is back in Florida.

The best protection is prevention. Health officials say remember to stay indoors at dusk and dawn, fully clothe your body, use insect repellent and get rid of standing water.

King says living in an area surrounded by lakes and swamps. Mosquitoes will be swarming around a neighborhood near you.

To decrease the mosquito population around your home health officials say empty those bird baths, clean out gutters and look for dishes lying around the home. Anywhere there's standing water, get rid of it.