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Reduce Mosquito Populations
Residents can reduce their chance of contracting West Nile virus by reducing breeding grounds around their homes. The Health Department recommends the following tips to reduce exposure to mosquitoes:
  • Clean out birdbaths and wading pools once a week
  • Clean roof gutters and downspout screens regularly
  • Create a healthy wetland - Contrary to popular belief, healthy and functioning wetlands can actually reduce mosquito populations
  • Eliminate standing water on tarps or flat roofs
  • Residents may purchase larvicide to treat standing water if it is on their own personal property
  • Turn over or remove containers in your yard where water collects, such as old tires, potted plant trays, buckets, and toys
  • Use insect repellent products with no more than 35% N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET) for adults and less than 10% for children
  • Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing

Additional Resources
Pamphlets on steps you can take to protect yourself from West Nile virus are available at the Health Department and at each of the Loudoun County libraries. These can also be accessed from the Virginia Department of Health's website.

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