MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Westchester County is requesting that Mount Vernon residents make sure there is no standing water in catch basins as it looks to prevent the spread of the West Nile virus.
On Monday, May 13, the county will start applying larvicide as it sees fit. Teams will begin in the northern part of the country and work south, evaluating catch basins on county and municipal roads, and treating them as needed.
The process is expected to last a few months.
In a statement, Sherlita Amler, commissioner of health, said West Nile virus can easily be contained.
“Through the combined efforts of residents and county government, we can successfully curb the mosquito population and keep cases of West Nile virus to a minimum,” she said.
Residents are advised to eliminate standing water from properties, particularly after it rains. Large areas of standing water on public property that cannot be easily removed should be reported to the Heath Department at 914-813-5000.
“We must all do our part to keep mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus from breeding in Westchester,” Amler added. “Please survey your property routinely and empty standing water from any discarded tires, unchlorinated swimming pools, outdoor pottery, pails, birdbaths and other containers throughout the spring and summer.”
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