The Mosquitoes are Coming – Learn How to Prevent West Nile Virus
BRAMPTON, ON. (June 6, 2012) – Peel Public Health will start its annual West Nile Virus (WNV) prevention program on June 5, 2012.
“With the warm temperatures we’ve seen so far this year, we expect the mosquito numbers in Peel will be high this summer. And with that, comes the risk of West Nile Virus,” says Paul Callanan, the Region of Peel’s Director of Environmental Health. “Reducing standing water helps reduce the mosquito population. Residents can help by removing items from their property that collect water, placing a screen over rain barrels and changing the water in birdbaths weekly.”
Stagnant water can be reported to Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 or online at peel-bugbite.ca.
To reduce the chance of being bitten by a mosquito, residents are encouraged to:
- avoid areas with high mosquito populations and take extra precautions at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active
- wear light-coloured clothing that covers exposed skin, such as long sleeves, pants and a hat
- use a mosquito repellent and follow the manufacturer’s instructions
During the summer months, Peel Public Health will collect and test adult mosquitoes weekly, and will inspect stagnant water sites on public property for mosquito larvae. If larvae are present, an environmentally friendly larvicide will be applied. Larviciding of roadside catch basins will begin June 11 and will be completed in three phases. These activities are part of the Region’s Vector Borne-Disease Prevention Plan, which monitors diseases that are spread to humans by insects and ticks.
New to the Region’s Vector Borne-Disease Prevention Plan, residents can register online at peel-bugbite.ca to receive email notifications of positive WNV activity in Peel.
For more information about how to eliminate mosquito breeding sites and protect yourself and your family from WNV, visit peel-bugbite.ca or call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700. Caledon residents call toll free at 905-584-2216.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the cities of Mississauga and Brampton, and the town of Caledon.