Mosquitoes bite into region

PROTECT YOURSELF• Use insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535.• Try to rid your property of standing water and all areas where it could collect, such as discarded tires, clogged roof gutters and empty containers.• Reduce overgrowth.• Report dead crows and blue jays to the local health department so they can be tested for West Nile virus.• Protect horses by making sure they are vaccinated for mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus. Insect repellents can be used on horses but with limited effectiveness. Screened stalls can also help reduce exposure.Source: Tennessee Department of Health

WEST NILE VIRUS• Mosquitoes become infected with the virus by feeding on infected birds, then transmit the virus to humans and other animals, such as horses, through their bites.•