St. Louis County, MO (KSDK) - Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus have been found in communities all across St. Louis County, although no human cases have been reported.
The St. Louis County Department of Health reported positive results in unincorporated North County, Bel-Ridge, Normandy, Olivette, Jennings and unincorporated Lemay.
The county will be conducting nightly mosquito spraying to cut back on the prevalence of the insects. To find out where the county will be spraying, call 314-615-4284.
Here are steps residents can take to reduce the opportunities for mosquitoes to flourish:
-At least once a week, drain water from garbage cans, buckets, toys, flowerpots, wading pools, pet dishes, and other objects that collect water. Change water in birdbaths at least once a week.
-Keep gutters cleaned out, and repair any tears in door and window screens.
-Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and light colors outdoors.
-Spray clothing with repellents containing DEET or picaridin, making sure to follow the directions on the label.
-Look for products containing the active ingredient methoprene or Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) to place in birdbaths or ponds, to prevent mosquitoes from developing.
-Flexible drainage pipe is commonly used to drain water from downspouts. A big drawback is that it holds water and breeds mosquitoes if not properly sloped when installed.