In light of the recent reports of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV) being found in mosquitoes in Norfolk County, the Westwood Board of Health is reminding residents to be careful to avoid mosquito bites. They recommend taking several precautions from now through September:
Limit your time outdoors during peak periods of mosquito activity (dusk and dawn) or if you must remain outdoors, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants.
Use a mosquito repellent that contains DEET (the chemical N-N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) and follow the directions on the label.
Take special care to cover up the arms and legs of children playing outdoors. When you bring a baby outdoors, cover the baby’s carriage or playpen with mosquito netting.
Fix holes in your screens and make sure they are tightly attached to all your doors and windows.
Remove standing water around your home. Make sure water does not collect and stagnate in ceramic pots, trash cans, recycling containers, old tires, wading pools, birds baths, etc. Remove leaves and debris that may prevent drainage of roof gutters.