Knox County Health Department shares ways to protect your family from mosquitoes

Health and Wellness

Following the confirmation of the presence of West Nile virus in mosquitoes in the Fairmont Boulevard, West Emory Road and West Hills area of Knox County, the Knox County Health Department offers advice to keep your family safe.

Schedule for Spraying:

The Fairmont Boulevard area will be sprayed on Thursday, Sept. 20 between 8:30 p.m. and 2 a.m. A previously scheduled follow-up spray in the Milligan Road area of Knoxville will also take place Thursday, Sept. 20 between 8:30 p.m. and 2 a.m. The West Emory Road and West Hills areas of Knox County will be sprayed for mosquitoes Tuesday, Sept. 25 between 8:30 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Advice from Health Department to reduce your risk of West Nile virus: 

  • Applying repellants to skin often; these can include lotions, liquids or sprays. The CDC recommends the use of repellants containing one of the following ingredients: DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, 2-undecanone or IR3535. The duration of protection varies by repellant. Read labels on products to determine when reapplications are necessary for optimal protection. 
  • Wearing socks and long, loose, and light-colored shirts and pants. 
  • Treating clothing with permethrin or purchasing pretreated permethrin clothing.
  • Disposing of, regularly emptying, or turning over any water-holding containers on your property such as tires, cans, flower pots, children’s toys and trash cans.
  • Using larvicides, such as mosquito torpedoes or mosquito dunks, to prevent breeding in large water-holding containers, including bird baths and garden water features. If used properly, larvicides will not harm animals.

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