Remove standing water to reduce mosquito population

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Health officials are reminding Erie County residents to remove stagnate pools of water from their properties.

There has already been on case of West Nile Virus in New York State this year. The illness is mosquito-borne and removing standing water eliminates the insect’s breeding site.

Erie County hasn’t had a human case of West Nile Virus since October 2012, and health officials say they want to keep that record alive.

Here are other tips:

  • Do not leave standing water for longer than two days
  • Change the water in bird baths and planter bases every two days
  • Clean clogged gutters to allow rainfall to drain freely
  • Limit outdoor activities at times of high mosquito activity, such as dusk and dawn
  • Use of mosquito traps, bug zappers and ultrasonic repellents will not prevent mosquitoes from biting people
  • Use barriers, such as mosquito netting, to protect infants and children. Also, wear long pants and shirts, as well as a hat
  • Spray yourself with a repellent that contains at least 25-30 percent DEET for longer lasting protection. DEET should not be used on children younger than 2 months of age

Last year, 17 mosquito pools in Erie County tested positive for West Nile Virus. So far this year, none have, but with summer still going strong, health officials say it pays to be proactive. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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