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Briarcliff Residents Asked To Help Prevent West Nile Breeding

The Westchester Department of Health wants Briarcliff residents to help eliminate mosquito breeding.
The Westchester Department of Health wants Briarcliff residents to help eliminate mosquito breeding. Photo Credit: File

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – Westchester County is asking Briarcliff Manor residents to make sure there is no standing water around their properties to prevent the spread of the West Nile Virus this spring and summer.

The Westchester Department of Health will start West Nile Virus prevention efforts on May 13 by checking catch basins throughout the county for standing water along roadways because mosquitoes capable of carrying West Nile lay their eggs in stagnant water.  The crews will apply larvicide as needed, beginning in Northern Westchester and continuing south over the next few months, officials said.

The Department of Health plans to sample water from outfall points along the Hudson River and Long Island Sound by routinely checking for the presence of methoprene, the active ingredient in the briquettes that prevents mosquito larvae from developing, according to county officials.

“Through the combined efforts of residents and county government, we can successfully curb the mosquito population and keep cases of West Nile Virus to a minimum,” said Sherlita Amler, commissioner of health, said in a statement.

If residents see large areas of standing water on public property that cannot be easily removed, they are asked to report it to the Health Department by calling (914) 813-5000.

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