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North Salem Residents Asked To Help Prevent West Nile Breeding

The county is larviciding to eliminate breeding sites for mosquitoes who can carry the West Nile Virus.
The county is larviciding to eliminate breeding sites for mosquitoes who can carry the West Nile Virus. Photo Credit: file

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – Westchester County is asking all North Salem residents to make sure there is no standing water on their property before the Department of Health begins its West Nile Virus prevention efforts on Monday, May 13.

Teams will begin larviciding in the northern part of the county and move southward, treating all catch basins on county and municipal roads over the next few months.

Residents will know a catch basin has been treated if they see a bright orange dot spray-painted on the nearby pavement. Two dots will indicate that the basin was evaluated and not in need of treatment.

Residents are urged to:

  • Remove unneeded tires, cans, buckets, drums, wheelbarrows and bottles from outdoor property.
  • Cover trash containers to keep rain out.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
  • Clean roof gutters and remove standing water from flat roofs.
  • Remove standing water from basements.
  • Place a couple of capfuls of household bleach in a basement sump-pump pit if it has standing water.
  • Keep drains, culverts and streams clean of weeds and trash so that water can drain properly.
  • Make sure stored boat covers are completely drained and store small boats upside down.
  • Drain water in birdbaths, plant pots and drip trays twice a week.
  • Trim shrubs to eliminate hiding places for adult mosquitoes.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor spas and hot tubs. Be sure rainwater does not collect on their covers and disinfect them with bleach to kill mosquito larvae and eggs.
  • Fill in hollow tree stumps and rot holes that hold water with sand or concrete.
  • Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are kept outdoors.

For more information about larviciding and the West Nile Virus, go to the website or call the Health Department at (914) 813-5000.

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