Posted on Wednesday June 15, 2022
NORRISTOWN, PA –
With the onset of warmer weather, mosquito season is starting and the Montgomery County Office of
Public Health (MCOPH) has steps residents can take to protect
themselves from spreading mosquito-borne disease.
disease can spread to animals and people through the bite of a mosquito
carrying the disease. The most commonly occurring mosquito-borne disease in
Montgomery County is West Nile Virus (WNV). WNV surfaced in the United
States in 1999 and is usually transmitted between infected birds and
mosquitoes. Zika virus is another emerging mosquito-borne illness carried
In 2021, there were
26 human cases of WNV throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Of those, three
were found in Montgomery County residents. This is an increase from the
2020 WNV season which reported 11 cases in Pennsylvania, two of which were
residents of Montgomery County. There have been no locally acquired cases
of Zika in Pennsylvania to date.
To reduce the
likelihood of being bitten by a disease-carrying mosquito, MCOPH recommends
that residents take the following steps to reduce their exposure to mosquitos:
- Check and repair windows and screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
- Survey your property and eliminate standing water, dispose of containers that can collect standing water such as old tires, cans, bottles, buckets, and toys.
- After it rains, empty plant containers, bird baths, flowerpots, kiddie pools, and pool covers to keep water from collecting in these items.
- Make sure roof gutters drain properly and rooftops are free of standing water.
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs. Keep them empty and covered if not in use; drain water that collects in pool covers.
- Drill several holes in the bottom of recycling buckets so water can drain from them. Cover trash containers so rain cannot accumulate in them.
- Since clothing can help reduce mosquito bites, wear long-sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors to help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
- Use an approved mosquito repellant when outdoors in areas where mosquitoes are active. Apply insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin. Follow the label directions carefully. Do NOT apply repellent to the face.
MCOPH will soon
begin routine mosquito surveillance and control throughout Montgomery
County to monitor trends in mosquito patterns in our region. If
disease-carrying mosquitoes are found in a specific area that could pose a
threat to human health, pesticide spraying may be necessary in the targeted
Residents can be
notified of when mosquito spraying will occur in their area by signing up
to receive ReadyMontco alerts at http://readymontco.org.
Residents can sign up for county alerts and municipal alerts for the
jurisdiction in which they reside.
mosquito-borne diseases can be found on the CDC website.
Media Contact: Kelly Cofrancisco, [email protected]