Stopping mosquito madness

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – This week the Vigo County Vector Control has been out spraying for mosquitoes and with mosquito awareness week starting up in 2 days we want you to be ready for the summer mosquito madness.

Smack, itch, scratch it’s a vicious cycle and right now mosquitoes are enjoying the water…but officials say they’re itching for flight and are going to get worse.

“It’s warm weather time and more people are outside, so with that comes an increase chance for people to come in contact with the West Nile Virus,” explained Joni Wise, Vigo County Health Department.

So let’s prepare for the air raid and here are some ways that you can do that: empty standing water (in lawn items), keep yards trimmed, wear insect repellent, cover up and avoid going out during dawn and dusk hours.

And while you’re doing your part to stay ahead so is Vigo County.

“You’ll see our trucks out there spraying and that’s to try to eliminate the adult population that is already out there,” said Joni Wise, Vigo County Health Department.

They take it even one step further. They capture mosquitoes and test them for mosquito-borne diseases that may be in our neck of the woods.

“We also put out light traps for surveillance to draw in mosquitoes and test them for West Nile Virus,” explained Joni Wise, Vigo County Health Department.

Now as the summer continues, stay ahead of the mosquito mayhem.

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