Press release from Buncombe County Disease Control
Rain = Mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are pesky neighbors and a public health concern because they can spread serious diseases such as La Crosse Encephalitis and West Nile Virus. The Buncombe County health officials encourage residents to take small steps that can make a big difference in preventing mosquito-borne illness this season. The number one way to prevent these diseases is to “Tip and Toss” standing water every 4 to 5 days, which keeps mosquitoes from hatching.
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts at Pisgah View Apartments partnered with Buncombe County Government to create a “Tip and Toss” video, reminding us that something as small as a bottle cap can provide enough water for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Share this fun video by posting to Facebook and websites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rm0lRpWZ4o
From now until the first deep freeze this fall, children and adults can work together to “tip and toss” standing water.
For more information on more ways to prevent mosquito bites and for symptoms of diseases spread by mosquitoes the public will find posters, flyers and links to information at www.buncombecounty.org/nobites
For questions about human cases and symptoms of mosquito-borne illness contact Buncombe County Disease Control by calling (828) 250.5109.