On the watch for West Nile

With all the recent rainy weather, have you been staying indoors because the bugs are really bad?

The Adams County Health Department is beginning to set mosquito traps to test for the West Nile virus.

And the city of Quincy is about to start spraying for the pesky little creatures.

Richie Reis says, "Well, we tried to do it a couple of times this year already, but it seems every time we get out, or plan to get out, it either rains or the wind is blowing too hard."

Spraying for mosquitoes should start in Quincy on Monday, weather permitting. It takes four nights to cover the city, and the spraying goes from eight p-m to two a-m. The city will spray problem areas first and will spray on a complaint basis too.

Reis says, "I think it's going to be a pretty active year. With the rain waters in artificial containers like buckets and gutters, if they fill with water, that's prime breeding spots for mosquitoes."

Add to that flooding issues, and summer 2011 could be a bad mosquito season. The Adams County Health Department has been setting traps looking for West Nile Virus in the county. Staff use smelly water as bait for female mosquitoes.

Lee Mueller says, "We have a tube with a fan and motor inside it. It pulls the mosquitoes inside of it when she comes to lay her eggs. It pulls her up and traps her in a net. We're then able to take those mosquitoes out of there and test them for West Nile Virus."

So far, no West Nile has been found in Adams County.

Symptoms for West Nile vary depending on the person.

Some people will get it, and not even know they have it.

But it can be fatal in others.

And if you're interested, you can see what kind of chemical the city of Quincy uses to abate mosquitoes by clicking here.

There are a few things we should all remember now that warmer weather is here and mosquitoes are on the rise.

Make sure you change out the water in pools and bird baths about once a week. Wear bug spray and if the weather allows, long sleeves.

Speaking of bug sprays, the majority of insect repellents on the market contains DEET . DEET is the active ingredient that is used in bug sprays to best keep away mosquitoes and ticks.

When it comes to using bug sprays, make sure you read and follow all instructions on how to apply the product. In general, you don't want to use sprays containing DEET on open wounds, cuts or irritated skin. When you apply, spray it on your hands and then rub it on your face, don't spray over your face.

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