KNOXVILLE - Mosquitos carrying the West Nile virus have been identified in three more areas of Knox County, so those areas will be sprayed this week in an effort to kill the insects.
The Knox County Health Department traps and tests the mosquitoes across the county.
This week, mosquitoes found on Fairmont Boulevard, Milligan Street and Fourth Avenue tested positive for West Nile.
The health department will spray the Fairmont Boulevard area on Thursday, Sept. 15 and in the Milligan Street and Fourth Avenue areas on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Click here for more detailed locations.
The spraying will take place between 9 p.m. and midnight, weather permitting. If you live in the affected areas, you are asked to stay inside and keep pets inside or in the backyard.
Tips to prevent mosquito bites:
- Apply repellants to skin often; these can include lotions, liquids or sprays. The CDC recommends the use of repellants that contain DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane 3, 8-diol and IR3535. The duration of protection varies by repellant; read labels on products to determine when reapplications are necessary for optimal protection.
- Wear long, loose and light-colored shirts and pants and wear socks.
- Treat clothing with permethrin or purchase pretreated permethrin clothing.
- Dispose of, regularly empty, or turn over any water holding containers on your property such as tires, cans, flower pots, children’s toys or trash cans.
- To prevent breeding in large water-holding devices, including bird baths or garden pools, use larvicides such as mosquito torpedoes or mosquito dunks. If used properly, larvicides will not harm animals.