(Lander, Wyo.) – The incidence of West Nile Virus infected mosquitos continues to grow across Fremont County, according to the latest week’s tally of mosquito trap sites.
In sampling reported August 13th by the Fremont County Weed and Pest Department, three sites in Riverton recorded a high count of mosquitos carrying the virus. They were along North Smith Road, on Jackson Street and Davis Lane. A St. Stephen’s Mission’s site also noted the virus present there, as well as in Hudson on Ohio Street and nearby on Snavely Lane. In Lander, one of four measuring sites recorded a very high level of infected mosquitos, on Smith Street, while sites on Dillon and Washakie recorded significantly high numbers. The site on Carbine Lane did not record any West Nile infected mosquitos this week.
At least one Fremont County resident, in Lander, has been officially diagnosed with the disease, although several other cases are waiting lab tests to confirm that West Nile is the cause of their respective illness.
The “5 D’s” of prevention include:
1) DAWN and 2) DUSK – Most mosquito species prefer to feed at dawn or dusk, so avoid spending time outside during these times.
3) DRESS – Wear shoes, socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt outdoors or when mosquitoes are most active. Clothing should be light-colored and made of tightly woven materials.
4) DRAIN – Mosquitoes breed in shallow, stagnant water. Reduce the amount of standing water by draining and/or removing it.
5) DEET – Use an insect repellent containing DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide). When using DEET, be sure to read and follow the label instructions. Other insect repellents such as Picaridin (KBR 3023) or oil of lemon eucalyptus can also be effective.