ZIKA: The basics of the virus and how to protect against it.


March 16, 2017



Lenor W. Duplessis                                                                                    

Public Information Officer





ZIKA: The basics of the virus and how to protect against it.

St. Bernard Parish Office of Homeland Security wants residents to know the basics of ZIKA and how they can protect against it.  CDC recommends the following steps should be taken to prevent the mosquito population from growing:

  • Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water-holding containers that have collected on your property.

  • Pay special attention to discarded tires. Stagnant water in tires is where many mosquitos breed.

  • Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug up the drains. Roof gutters can produce millions of mosquitoes each season.

  • Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use. Stagnant water in a wading pool becomes a place for mosquitos to breed.

  • Turn over wheelbarrows and don’t let water stagnate in birdbaths. Both provide breeding habitats for domestic mosquitos.

  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens can become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use. Smaller containers will produce many more mosquitos than a pool will; therefore being diligent about the small breeding sites around your house will be more effective. Mosquitos may even breed in the water that collects on pool covers.

  • Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property. Mosquitos may breed in any puddle that lasts for more than four days.

  • Please wear protective clothing and apply proper mosquito repellent when going outdoors.

For more information and tips visit https://www.cdc.gov/zika/fs-posters/index.html.