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Vector Control eliminates mosquitoes, West Nile threat

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BARTLETT, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Vector Control is on the streets working to keep your family safe. Trucks are spraying near Bartlett, trying to rid Shelby County neighborhoods of mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus.
While that's good news, the county health department is warning residents that mosquitoes captured in the county have tested positive for West Nile.

They're attacking those very mosquitoes, which are typically out this time of night.
The health department has truck drivers on the roads in Bartlett, Arlington, Lakeland and Cordova Tuesday night spraying.

Ture Carlson with the health department said the intensity of the West Nile Virus is not high right now, but we're all still at risk as the spread of the virus could start to pick up.

"Usually it comes down to when people are most likely to contract West Nile Virus," said Carlson, an entomologist. "It's about right now, roughly at the end of July into August and into September and then after that it falls off a little bit in October. But those are the highest risk parts of the year."

As we enter the high risk area, there are a few things we can all do to help protect ourselves against West Nile. It's called the Three D's" Dress, Deet and Drain.

  • Wear long sleeves
  • Use a bug repellent that has Deet
  • Make sure to empty  any standing water in the yard

If you have a pool you can't maintain or a fountain that doesn't work, the health department has mosquito fish available for free. These fish eat up to 300 mosquito larvae per day and can also help cut back on the mosquito population.

You can inquire in getting free mosquito fish at Vector Control at 2480 Central Avenue.

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