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Christi Garfinkel DVM use the vetera west nile vaccinePROTECT YOUR HORSE FROM WEST NILE

WNV is a mosquito-borne infection that horses and humans can develop from the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, which develop into thousands of mosquitoes in 7-10 days. Take the following steps to minimize the risk of disease in your horses.  

VACCINATE

Two licensed products available. Contact your vet to ensure the vaccination status your horse is current.
DAWN TO DUSK
Stable horses during active mosquito feeding times.
SCREENS AND DOORS
Close stable doors and use screens to keep mosquitoes from entering barn.
FANS
Utilize fans to keep air circulating.
This keeps mosquitoes out of the area.
FLYSHEETS
Use flysheets and fly masks for protection.
MOSQUITO REPELLENTS
Use horse repellents with Permethrin.)
FEED BUCKETS
Cover or turn upside down all buckets so they can’t hold water.
WHEELBARROWS:
Dump and leave in upright position to prevent water collection.
DRAINS
Keep outdoor drains free flowing.
IRRIGATION
Manage irrigation to minimize puddles and standing water.
LEAKS
Fix leaky hoses and faucets that may create puddles.
RAIN GUTTERS
Keep barn gutters clear of leaves and debris that can cause water pooling.
WATER TROUGHS
Change water twice a week.
TRASH
Dispose of items that can hold water, including cans, cups, and bags. Make sure trashcans are tightly covered to prevent rainwater from collecting.
DEAD BIRDS
Report dead birds to 1(877) WNV-BIRD.
PONDS
Stagnant water breeds mosquitoes. Aerate ornamental pools, stock with mosquito fish, or use mosquito dunks.
MOSQUITO FISH
These fish eat mosquito larvae that have just hatched from eggs. Contact your local Mosquito Vector Agency.
MOSQUITO DUNKS
Doughnut shaped blocks that dissolve slowly in water and contain a pesticide that kills mosquito larvae. It is harmless to animals and fish; available at local garden stores. 

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