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This mosquito can transmit viruses such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika to people. Although there have not been any illnesses associated with these species of mosquitoes in Michigan, it is important to take precautions.
The City continues the annual West Nile program to help cut down on the mosquitoes in the area.
Michigan residents can protect themselves from mosquito bites by:
• Eliminating sources of standing water such as wading pools, old tires, buckets and containers by dumping water to prevent mosquito eggs from hatching or larvae from developing into biting adults. • Wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors.
• Applying an EPA-registered insect repellent according to label instructions.
• Making sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.