Pet Poisons Lurk in Gardens
People can reduce the threat of West Nile in their area. To eliminate mosquito breeding grounds, the CDC recommends emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths.
Unused swimming pools can become mosquito playgrounds. People can fight nature with nature by tossing the bacteria, Bacillus thuringiensis, into old pools and other stagnant bodies of water. Many garden centers sell the bacteria in the form of donut-shaped inoculating floats.
NEWS: Get Ready for Invading Asian Tiger Mosquitoes
Despite the best efforts to eradicate mosquito nurseries, the insects will still be out for for blood this summer.
The CDC offers tips for avoiding mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile:
Wear insect repellant Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants from dusk to dawn Install intact screen windows and doors Use air conditioning Only one in five people infected with West Nile develop a fever. However, one percent of those infected suffer severe, even fatal neurological illness, according to the CDC. People over 60 years of age are particularly susceptible to the disease.