BRAMPTON, ON. (June 3, 2013) – As part of Peel Public Health’s 2013 West Nile Virus (WNV) prevention program, residents can register online at peel-bugbite.ca to receive email notifications of WNV activity in Peel.
“The email notifications will list areas in Peel where positive West Nile Virus activity has been found. Knowing where West Nile Virus is present will help residents decide if they should take extra precautions to protect themselves against infection,” says Paul Callanan, the Region of Peel’s Director of Environmental Health.
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 insect repellent and follow the manufacturer’s instructions
“There are things residents can do now to help prevent West Nile Virus, including removing or draining items around their property that can hold stagnant water,” continues Mr. Callanan. “Water that is stagnant for over seven days is an ideal breeding site for mosquitoes, especially as the weather gets warmer. With residents’ help, we can reduce the mosquito population and reduce the risk of West Nile Virus infection in Peel.”
Residents can report stagnant water sites to Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 or online at peel-bugbite.ca.
Peel Public Health’s 2013 WNV prevention program, which begins on June 3, includes collecting and testing adult mosquitoes weekly, and monitoring stagnant water sites on public property for mosquito larvae. If larvae are found, an environmentally friendly larvicide will be used to eliminate the larvae. Peel Public Health will also complete three rounds of larviciding in roadside catch basins throughout Peel.
For more information about how to eliminate mosquito breeding sites, and how to protect yourself and your family from WNV, visit peel-bugbite.ca or call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700. Caledon residents can 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 1.3 million people and approximately 88,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the town of Caledon.