The Northumberland County Conservation District contacted the Town of Bloomsburg today regarding a detected case of West Nile in the Bloomsburg area.
The Mosquito-disease control team at the district is keeping a very close eye on the area and have been treating breeding areas for mosquito larvae. They have since set multiple adult mosquito traps to get a better idea of virus activity in the area, as well as adult mosquito populations. Residents may find doorhangers that outline ways that you can reduce breeding habitat in your own yards as well as other ways to protect yourself and loved ones; these doorhangers have the districts information on them if you have any further questions.
Even though there is a low risk of disease transmission, the Conservation District is encouraging residents to:
• Avoid peak mosquito hours by staying indoors
• Wear long sleeves, long pants, and avoid open-toed shoes if possible
o A mosquito will bite any exposed skin
• Apply bug spray with at least 30% DEET
• Remove any standing water from your property
o Any water standing for more than 4 days can breed mosquitoes that can carry WNV