West Nile Virus Discovered in North County
Learn what to do to prevent contracting the disease.
Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus have been found in communities all across St. Louis County, although no human cases have been reported.
The St. Louis County Department of Health reported positive results in unincorporated North County, Bel-Ridge, Normandy, Olivette, Jennings and unincorporated Lemay.
Almost a year to the date, St. Louis County Department of Health confirmed mosquitoes had tested positive for West Nile Virus in St. Louis County.
At that time, the health department said mosquitoes in cities near Hazelwood as close as Florissant tested positive for the virus, but as summer came to a close, no cases were discovered in Hazelwood.
The county will be conducting nightly mosquito spraying to cut back on the prevalence of the insects. To find out where the county will be spraying, call 314-615-4284.
The Mosquito Squad has advice on how to control mosquitoes in your yard this summer.
5Ts to Take Back Your Yard from Mosquitoes:
- Tip. Reduce standing water. Check children’s sandboxes, wagons or plastic toys; downspouts, plant saucers and dog bowls. Other hot spots: gutters, and flat roofs.
- Toss. Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yards.
- Turn. Turn over larger yard items that could hold water like children’s plastic toys.
- Remove Tarps. If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment aren’t taut, they’re holding water.
- Treat. Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray on the body. Mosquito Squad’s eliminates up to 90% of the mosquitoes and ticks on a property.