(KFVS) - With a wet spring and ever changing temperatures, Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department urges residents to play it safe when they are outdoors.
Mosquitoes often carry diseases, such as West Nile virus. Local health departments all across Illinois work closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois EPA to educate the public on the prevention of West Nile virus, including the elimination of mosquito breeding sites.
Any location with water that becomes stagnant is a potential breeding site for mosquitoes. One of the most problematic of these sites is the accumulation of used tires. The design of tires makes them an ideal breeding site for several species of mosquitoes, some of which are important carriers of West Nile virus. Because they are easily filled by rain and collect leaf litter, they provide as an "incubator" for mosquito larvae.