Liberty County Emergency Management Cautions Residents about West Nile
LIBERTY, August 23, 2012 - Liberty County Emergency Management Coordinator, Tom Branch, has received a few calls in regarding the West Nile Virus and most callers know the basics of avoiding being bitten by mosquitoes, such as staying indoors at dusk and dawn, wearing long sleeves and long pants when outdoors, and using insect repellant.
However, many folks are inquiring about the proper method of killing mosquitoes in areas of standing water that they do not want to drain, such as birdbaths and rain barrels.
There are many commercial products available at local stores that are safe to use. Branch suggests calling one of the local feed stores or an exterminator and inquiring as to what they recommend. The thing you DO NOT want to do is mix dangerous chemicals and spray the water source. Things like diesel and dangerous pesticides can be deadly to wildlife and pets and some products could be flammable even in water, so please contact a local merchant and ask them what they have available.
Local officials are receiving updated information from the Department of State Health Services on a regular basis and residents should continue to monitor local media for updates.