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Mosquito Identified with West Nile Virus
 
Posted on Monday August 09, 2021
 
Take measures to eliminate mosquitoes and mosquito-borne disease.
 
The Township was recently notified by the Montgomery County Office of Public Health that in late July, one (1) mosquito that was positive for West Nile Virus was collected within the boundaries of the Township. While this is not a major concern, West Nile Virus (WNV) is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States. You can reduce your risk of contracting WNV by using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants to prevent mosquito bites.

Here are a few tips for reducing the mosquito population on your property:
- Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out any items that hold water such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpot saucers, or trash containers. Mosquitoes lay eggs near water.
- Tightly cover water storage containers (buckets, cisterns, rain barrels) so mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay eggs.  You may also buy Mosquito Dunks, a non-toxic product that kills mosquito larvae.
- For containers without lids, use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.
- Fill tree holes to prevent them from filling with water.
 
 
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