Preventive Measures

Measures For Horse Owners:

  • Eliminating standing water on their property, to prevent mosquito breeding.
  • Housing horses inside at dawn, dusk, and night, which are peak mosquito times.
  • Avoiding leaving lights on inside horse stables in the evening or overnight.
  • Placing incandescent bulbs away from the perimeter of stables.
  • Using fans to create air movement over stabled horses.
  • Removing all birds, including chickens, that are in or close to stables.
  • Using mosquito repellant on horses.
  • Fogging stables with pesticide in the evening.
  • Checking the property for dead blue jays and crows, and reporting them to the local health department.
  • Having your horses vaccinated by your local veterinarian.

Personal Measures:

  • Avoid outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are likely to be biting.
  • If you must be outdoors when mosquitoes are active, cover up by wearing shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Light colors are less attractive to mosquitoes.
  • Use mosquito repellent containing DEET according to label directions. Adults should use repellent with no more than 30 percent DEET; for children, 10 percent or less.
  • Keep windows and doors closed and be sure screens are in good repair.

Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Sites:

  • Eliminate any standing water that collects on your property.
  • Remove all discarded tires from your property or put them under cover so they don’t collect water.
  • Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers.
  • Make sure roof gutters drain properly, clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. If not in use, keep empty and covered.
  • Drain water from pool covers.
  • Change the water in bird baths at least once a week.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools, wheelbarrows, etc. when not in use.
  • Remind or help neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their properties.