The St. Charles Country Division of Environmental Health and Protection said several mosquitos caught last week tested positive for West Nile Virus.
Employees from the department set mosquito traps across the area in June and uses the information gathered to target areas that may be problematic. This is the first time this year the county has had a mosquito test positive for West Nile virus.
The West Nile virus is found in wild birds and was first documented in North America in 1999. About 20 percent of infected people, symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness and body aches. In very rare cases, the virus can infect the human nervous system, causing meningitis or encephalitis.
You can take steps to decrease the mosquito population in your yard. By treating your lawn, garden, shrubs and trees to help control mosquito populations, you can help decrease your chances of mosquito issues. Mosquitos aren’t strong fliers and do not tend to travel far from where they hatch, therefore eliminating any nearby standing water, including water in flower pots and toys, helps reduce areas the mosquitos can breed.
If you are noticing mosquito problems in your yard, it is important to address them before they get out of hand. Call us today to schedule a free estimate.