FREMONT – The Three Rivers Public Health Department is gearing up for mosquito season by providing surveillance of West Nile Virus through the collection of dead birds and the trapping of mosquitoes.
Three Rivers will be collecting and accepting dead birds for testing from the public as a way to determine if West Nile is present in the area. Local residents can report a dead bird to the department, or request a pick-up of a dead bird, by calling Three Rivers at 402-727-5396.
The department only collects birds that are Corvids, which includes the American Crow, Black-billed Magpie, and Blue Jay. Birds must be in good condition and with no evidence of rotting or odor.
People can reduce their risk of contracting West Nile Virus by:
- Using a repellant that contains DEET
- Wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes, and socks
- Taking extra precautions when going outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active
- Removing standing water where mosquitoes breed
Along with collecting and testing dead birds, Three Rivers will also be trapping mosquitoes throughout Dodge County during the summer months to test for West Nile Virus.