NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Metro Public Health Department says a batch of mosquitoes collected by its Pest Management Division has tested positive for West Nile virus.
Trapped near the intersection of Clarksville Highway and South Hamilton Road in Bordeaux, it’s the second batch of mosquitoes that have tested positive this year.
At this time, here have not been any human cases reported in Davidson County.
Staff from Pest Management will visit the area Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. to pass out information about steps to protect against mosquitoes and steps to reduce standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs.
Health officials say there are no plans at this time to spray to kill adult mosquitoes.
The Health Department recommends taking the following steps to protect against biting mosquitoes:
- Limit time outdoors at dusk and nighttime hours when mosquitoes are present.
- If you must be outdoors then wear a mosquito repellent that is approved for use by the CDC – those include products that contain DEET, Picaridin, and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
- Wear shoes, socks, long sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors during dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most prevalent. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials to keep mosquitoes away from the skin. Pant legs should be tucked into shoes or socks, and collars should be buttoned.
- Make sure your windows and doors have screens and are in good repair.
Health Department officials recommend taking steps to reduce mosquito breeding areas, which includes:
- Reduce or eliminate all standing water in your yard – especially in children’s toys, bird baths, clogged gutters, tires, flowerpots, trashcans, and wheelbarrows.
- Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with Gambusia fish.
- Apply mosquito dunks in standing water areas on your property.
- Cut back overgrown vegetation (mosquito hiding areas).
- Further information is available on the Metro Public Heath Department’s website.