Thursday afternoon Kern County Public Health issued a statement outlining safety measures residents should take to protect themselves from mosquitoes brought on by the warm weather this summer.
According to Kern Public Health, the first confirmed West Nile Virus carrying mosquito of the year has been confirmed in Kern County.
Preventative measures include:
- Reducing mosquito breeding sites by removing standing or stagnate water from containers such as flower pots, fountains, birdbaths, pet bowls and wading pools
- Clean/scrub containers that collect water weekly to remove any remaining eggs, maintain swimming pools in working condition, stock garden ponds with fish that eat mosquito larvae.
- Avoid mosquitoes and mosquito-infested areas at all times of the day.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.
- Apply mosquito repellent to exposed skin when outdoors.
- Ensure doors and windows have screens in good repair to keep mosquitoes out of your home.