West Nile Virus has hit Lansdale.
The Montgomery County Health Department confirmed that a mosquito pool in Stony Creek Park on Hancock Street as tested positive for West Nile Virus.
According to Lansdale Borough Communications Coordinator Tracy Flynn, there is no need to avoid the park.
"Residents may visit the park as usual using precautions of protective clothing and repellant," she said.
The county health department offers these precautions against West Nile Virus:
- Wear protective clothing in the evening and early morning hours when mosquitoes are most active
- Apply repellant according to directions on package
- Eliminate sources of standing water in your yard where mosquitoes may lay eggs. Fill, cover or remove any items that can trap water.
- Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that have collected on your property.
- Pay special attentionDrill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors.
- Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug up the drains. Roof gutters can produce millions of mosquitoes each season.
- Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use. Stagnant water in a wading pool becomes a place for mosquitoes to breed.
- Turn over wheelbarrows and don't let water stagnate in birdbaths.
- Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens can become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate.
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use. A swimming pool left untended by a family on vacation for a month can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide
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