Staying safe from mosquitoes

By Alyssa Donovan

May 17, 2013 Updated May 17, 2013 at 8:07 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. As hot weather approaches, health officials are advising residents to take precautions against disease carrying mosquitoes and ticks.

Mosquitoes left in the wake of the April floods are a nuisance but they are not the ones with which to be concerned.

The mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus are house mosquitoes. They breed in stagnant pools of water.

Homeowners are advised to remove catch basins and any pools of water.

“Removing sources of stagnant shallow water near your home like rain gutters, flower pots, sometimes bird feeds that if it's there for more than a week it needs to be discarded. And also wearing the mosquito repellent with DEET at dawn and dusk hours because that's when that type of mosquito is the most active," said Kera Simon Brosette of the McLean County Health Department.

The Health Department has mosquito traps set up throughout the county so they can test the bugs they catch.

The Department will also take any dead birds for testing.