Mosquitoes can be a pain in the neck. We hear of the mosquitoes that transmit the West Nile Virus. A pool of water around Polo recently was confirmed as having mosquitoes with West Nile Virus.
The Lee County Health Department has just started their gathering of mosquitoes in search of those carrying West Nile. Director of Environmental Health, Kaylee Halberg, says there are several different types of mosquitoes and different ones carry different types of diseases they can pass on.
Halberg says the traps they use actually are like little vacuum cleaners that suck in the mosquito so they can collect them and take them for testing.
It is also good if you come across a dead bird to let the Lee County Health Department know about it. They will collect the bird and conduct testing on the carcass. Mosquitoes get the West Nile from biting infected birds.
Halberg also warned of taking precautions against ticks getting on you or your pet. She said they have been growing in numbers over the last few years and they too can transmit a disease.