WEST NILE-INFECTED MOSQUITOES FOUND IN GROTON
Groton — Health officials said Wednesday that mosquitoes trapped in Groton have tested positive for West Nile virus, which they said is typical during summer months but should remind area residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites.
The mosquitoes were trapped on Sunday, according to a news release from the Ledge Light Health District. People should minimize the time they spend outdoors at dusk and dawn, district officials said, and protect skin and indoor areas from mosquitoes.
Checking doors and window screens for holes and gaps, wearing long pants and longsleeved shirts, and using mosquito repellent can help prevent against bites as well, they said.
People also should dispose of water-holding containers or tires, drill draining holes in the bottom of outdoor containers, clean clogged roof gutters, change the water in bird baths on a weekly basis and clean, chlorinate and cover swimming pools.
Treating standing water with larvicide also can reduce the potential for West Nile virus transmission, according to the news release. Ledge Light can supply 30-day treatments for standing water to prevent mosquitoes from developing into adults to residents of the district’s towns. The district serves as the health department for East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, New London, Old Lyme, Stonington and Waterford. Residents of those towns can request treatment of standing water on their property by calling Christopher Seery at (860) 448-4882, ext. 351.
Additional resources for information on West Nile virus and mosquito management can be found at www.ct.gov/mosquito.