|West Nile Virus - Mosquito Surveillance
|Why is the Health Department trapping mosquitoes?
- As part of a province wide West Nile Virus (WNv) prevention strategy
to help assess the risk of WNv in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark.
Mosquitoes caught in traps can be counted, identified and tested to see
if they are carrying the virus.
If a trap is in my neighbourhood, what should I know?
- Traps encourage mosquitoes to fly to the area of the trap and away from people. The traps are equipped with a light, or a scent that attract the mosquitoes. The mosquitoes fly into the trap; they are held in a net and then collected
for testing. The traps are located in areas where mosquitoes are found, such as near trees
and shrubs, generally, away from areas where people spend their time outdoors. Mosquitoes are more likely to fly to a trap, than to people, minimizing
contact with mosquitoes. Traps will be located in an area where there is limited access.
- Do Not Touch the Traps. Health Unit staff will monitor and maintain the traps daily.
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