According to the CDC, about 1 out of every 5 infected humans will develop a fever and other symptoms from West Nile.
Less than one percent of humans infected develop a fatal neurologic illness, the CDC said.
Local health officials released the following tips in 2015 to help avoid mosquito bites and to prevent mosquito populations from increasing artificially:
- Stay indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitos are most active
- Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants when outside
- Use insect repellents when mosquitoes are active
- Dispose of open containers that may collect water, such as tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, etc.
- Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers so that water will not collect
- Keep your property clear of old tires
- Clean roof gutters, particularly if leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug drains
- Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use
- Turn over wheelbarrows and don’t let water stagnate in birdbaths
- Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools when not in use
- A swimming pool left untended by a family on vacation for a month can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide complaints. Mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on pool covers
- For stagnant pools of water that cannot be removed or drained, homeowners can buy Bti products such as mosquito dunks at lawn/garden, outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores. This naturally occurring bacterial product kills mosquito larvae but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.
Whitepain Township will be spraying for these insects, but not Upper Dublin at this point.