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Tips for Controlling Mosquito Population
<SPAN class="Subhead1">Reducing Mosquito Populations in Your Neighborhood</SPAN><BR>
West Nile Virus (WNV) is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. While most people infected with WNV will not feel ill and will experience only mild flu-like symptoms, the virus can cause encephalitis or inflammation of the brain.<BR>
<SPAN class="Subhead2">The West Nile Surveillance Plan for Maryland</SPAN><BR>
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in cooperation with the Maryland Department of Agriculture, has developed a plan to detect WNV in Maryland. The surveillance plan at this time emphasizes tracking WNV in humans, horses, and mosquitoes. By trapping and testing mosquitoes for WNV, state officials can follow the spread of the disease and issue prevention guidelines to determine the need for mosquito management and control.<BR>
<SPAN class="Subhead1">Protect Yourself &amp; Your Family From Mosquito Bites</SPAN><BR>
Take steps to avoid mosquito bites:<BR>
    <LI>Stay indoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active
    <LI>Use insect repellent when outdoors, following product directions
    <LI>Use screens on open windows, and repair any holes
    <LI>Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors </LI>
<SPAN class="Subhead1">Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Sites</SPAN><BR>
Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes lay their eggs:<BR>
    <LI>Adjust tarps over pools, boats, etc. so rain water will not collect
    <LI>Clean and chlorinate swimming pools
    <LI>Clean roof gutters and downspout screens regularly
    <LI>Fix dripping outdoor water faucets, and eliminate puddles under air conditioners
    <LI>Flush bird baths and potted plant drainage trays twice weekly
    <LI>Remove or turn over buckets and other containers that can collect rain water
    <LI>Store pet bowls indoors when not in use
    <LI>Throw away used tires and put drainage holes in playground tires
    <LI>Turn over children's wading pools, wheelbarrows, canoes, and garbage can lids </LI>