West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can infect humans, birds, horses, and other animals. There are many ways to protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes:
  • Mosquitoes need water to breed and grow, so get rid of places where water can collect (cans, buckets, leaky faucets, barrels, used tires, clogged leaf gutters)
  • Any standing water on your property should be changed out once a week (birdbath, stock trough, flower pot dishes)
  • Garden ponds should be stocked with fish as they are natural predators of mosquitoes
  • Mosquitoes bite at dusk and dawn, so make sure to wear long sleeved shirts and pants in the early morning and evening
  • Use insect repellent when you will be outdoors. The most effective repellents contain DEET, Picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus
  • Install or repair screens on your windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home

For more information please view the King County Public Health Services website.