CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- The Jackson County Vector Control District is asking the public to take steps to protect their animals from mosquitoes and ticks, and the diseases they carry. Right now, the biggest concerns are West Nile Virus, Heartworm, and Lyme Disease.
Higher temperatures means hatching mosquitoes. By getting rid of standing water around a home and vaccinating pets, community members can help prevent the spread of these insects and the diseases they carry.
Horses are particularly vulnerable to West Nile Virus and Western Equine Encephalitis as they have no protection from mosquito bites other than what their owners provide.
While there's no definitive start to Mosquito season, experts with the local vector control say it only takes a few days of heat for mosquito eggs to hatch.
"This is the time of year when it's really important for homeowners, for people with pets, livestock, to really start thinking about what they can do around their home to minimize mosquito problems," said Jim Lunders, the manager and biologist with Jackson County Vector Control District. "Any of those buckets or other containers around your property that filled up with rain water in the winter probably have mosquito larvae in them."
The Vector Control District also offers free mosquito fish at its headquarters to prevent eggs from hatching in ponds or water troughs.
Places like wading pools, flooded fields, swimming pools not in use, clogged gutters and old tires are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. If it holds water for seven days, it can produce mosquitoes.
You can find more information about preventative measures through the Jackson County Vector Control District website.