Hal­ton launches pro­gram to pro­tect against West Nile

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

Hal­ton Re­gion has started ap­ply­ing lar­vi­cide on pub­lic prop­erty to re­duce the risk of West Nile virus in the area.

The an­nual lar­vi­cid­ing pro­gram aims to help kill mos­quito lar­vae and re­duce the mos­quito pop­u­la­tion that could carry West Nile.

The pes­ti­cide is ap­plied in catch basins and bod­ies of stand­ing wa­ter when other ways to re­duce mos­quito breed­ing sites haven’t worked, the re­gion said in a press re­lease.

Res­i­dents can help cut back on breed­ing grounds for mos­qui­toes by reg­u­larly re­mov­ing wa­ter from bird baths, plant pots, out­side toys and tires. They can alert the re­gion to stand­ing wa­ter on pub­lic prop­erty by email­ing ac­cesshal­ton@hal­ton.ca or phon­ing 311.

To pro­tect them­selves, res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to:

Cover up wear­ing light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and pants with tightly-wo­ven fab­ric

Avoid be­ing out­doors from early even­ing to morn­ing and in shady, wooded ar­eas

Re­duce mos­quito breed­ing sites by get­ting rid of wa­ter-filled con­tain­ers and ob­jects out­doors and chang­ing bird bath wa­ter at least once a week

Use an in­sect re­pel­lent con­tain­ing DEET or Icaridin

En­sure win­dow and door screens are tight and don’t have holes, cuts or other open­ings

To view a map show­ing where lar­vi­cide has been ap­plied on pub­lic prop­erty, visit hal­ton.ca/wnv.

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