Preventing West Nile virus while mosquito populations increase

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Good news for mosquitoes, but bad news for people and animals. The conditions have been just right for mosquitoes to multiply the last few weeks.

The West Central District Health Department trapped mosquitoes Sunday night to test them for the West Nile virus. (Source: Madison Clark\KNOP-TV)

High moisture and increasing temperatures have created a breeding ground for mosquitoes across the state.

The West Central District Health Department began trapping mosquitoes two weeks ago to see what breeds are buzzing around town, as well as testing them for the West Nile virus.

There have been no positive tests yet but officials predict it will appear in them soon as it always does.

Health Department Director Shannon Vanderheiden shares what you need to prevent the bug bites.

"Probably one of the most important things you can do to prevent West Nile virus is protecting yourself. There's a number of ways to do that. Repellent of course is the way to do that. Long sleeves and long pants too," said Vanderheiden.

Extension Educator David Boxler shared his best tips too.

"People don't think to clean out buckets. Tires too. There's stagnant water sitting around and it would help keep mosquitoes out of town if we keep them empty of water," said Boxler.

Free bug wipes will be given away at certain Nebraskaland Days events.