Berks County mosquito surveillance and control operations are officially underway for the 2016 season!
Berks County West Nile Virus Control Program surveillance and control activities begin in April and end in October of every year.
The WNV Program is designed to reduce the risk of WNV and uses an Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM) strategy that includes education, surveillance, mosquito habitat reduction, natural controls, and application of larval and adult mosquito treatments. The WNV program runs from early April to early October, which coincides with the active mosquito season. Beginning in June, increased surveillance for the Asian Tiger Mosquito will be implemented. This mosquito has the capability of carrying and transferring ZIKA Virus. Follow procedures in order to reduce standing water and the habitat these mosquitoes need to breed.
What You Can Do To Help!
Helping to prevent the spread of WNV is as simple as eliminating standing water from around your house and yard. Simple steps, such as eliminating household items that can collect water, can greatly reduce the potential risk of West Nile Virus in your area. Old buckets, toys, tarps, and tires all hold enough water to keep mosquitoes alive and developing right under your nose. Remember to keep rain gutters clear and check birdbaths, flowerpots, and wading pools. The best and most effective way to prevent mosquitoes from breeding is to take care of your own house and yard. Following these practices takes away the environment the mosquito larvae need to live and grow – STAGNANT WATER! Reducing these breeding habitats helps to protect you and your family.