The Southlake Mosquito Abatement District (SLMAD) recently reported that two mosquito collections have tested positive for West Nile Virus in eastern Deerfield and southeast Highland Park.
SLMAD conducted ground-based adult mosquito control treatments in those specific areas, but residents should still take extra precautions to protect against mosquitoes:
- Drain standing water in containers like flowerpot saucers, bird baths and watering cans or in the folds of outdoor tarps.
- Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes that can carry viruses are most active, so limit outdoor activities or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
- Protect yourself by using an insect repellent that includes an active ingredient like DEET.
- Dress in long sleeves and pants during dusk and dawn or in areas where mosquitoes are active.
- West Nile Virus is rare, but if you have symptoms including high fever, severe headache and a stiff neck, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
For more information and resources, visit SMLAD's website
. If you have questions or concerns, contact SMLAD at 800.942.2555.