Here are some tips from the Vector Control District for protecting yourself and your fellow residents:
- Drain or dump standing water weekly since this is where mosquitoes lay eggs.
- Check items such as flowerpots and planter bases, toys, cans, leaky water faucets and sprinklers, rain gutters, buckets, pools, ponds, and old tires.
- Clean and scrub bird baths and pet-watering dishes weekly.
- Make sure your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.
- Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn to prevent mosquito bites. Those are the times when the mosquitoes that transmit WNV are most active.
- Dress in long sleeve shirts and long pants, preferably of light colors.
- Apply insect repellent following label instructions.
- Contact the Vector Control District if you are being bothered by mosquitoes or know of a potential mosquito-breeding source.
For free assistance on mosquito control or West Nile virus, residents can contact the District office by calling (408) 918-4770 or fill out a service request online at www.SCCvector.org.