Stagnant water around your home can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes

Eau Claire (WQOW) – The Eau Claire City-County Health Department warns the public to check for stagnant water around their residences.

Things like flower pots, bird baths, tires and little pools can hold water after rain. If those items are not drained out, mosquitoes will likely breed in standing water. It is also important to note that gutters and downspouts should be cleaned out because leaves can get stuck in drains, trapping water.

This year, six people have been treated for West Nile virus in Wisconsin.

“We also want to encourage you to continue to be active outdoors because its part of a healthy lifestyle. Don’t be afraid, use those areas, but be sure to use the tools you have available to repel them and prevent bites,” said Matt Steinbach, Eau Claire City-County Health Department.

To protect yourself from mosquitoes, Steinbach strongly suggests mosquito repellent, and to wear long sleeves and pants when enjoying outdoor activities. Every year for the last seven years a bird has tested positive for the West Nile virus in Eau Claire County. The health department urges the public to call the dead-bird hotline if anyone comes across a dead bird.

Dead-bird hotline: 1-800-433-1610

Lindsey Ford

Lindsey Ford

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