Getting rid of standing water can get rid of bugs

GARNER, Iowa – After many days of heavy rain, there’s a lot of water, just sitting around, and these wet spots are becoming the ultimate breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Not only are these bugs a nuisance during outdoor activities, but they can also be dangerous for your health.

The West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne illness that has made its way, once again, back into the U.S. this summer.

While not all mosquitoes can transmit the virus, Wendy Thompson with Hancock County Health Systems says it’s important to remember to take extra precautions to keep you and your family safe.

“It’s important to get rid of your standing water,” she says, “so change birdbath water every day and just generally pick up around your place so that there’s no water standing anywhere.”

She goes on to say that mosquitoes are the most active from dusk until dawn.

If you find yourself outside at a sporting event or bonfire, Thompson suggests wearing lose long clothing and to always remember to bring bugspray wherever you go.

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