PROTECT 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.
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.
Utilize fans to keep air circulating.
This keeps mosquitoes out of the area.
Use flysheets and fly masks for protection.
Use horse repellents with Permethrin.)
Cover or turn upside down all buckets so they can’t hold water.
Dump and leave in upright position to prevent water collection.
Keep outdoor drains free flowing.
Manage irrigation to minimize puddles and standing water.
Fix leaky hoses and faucets that may create puddles.
Keep barn gutters clear of leaves and debris that can cause water pooling.
Change water twice a week.
Dispose of items that can hold water, including cans, cups, and bags. Make sure trashcans are tightly covered to prevent rainwater from collecting.
Report dead birds to 1(877) WNV-BIRD.
Stagnant water breeds mosquitoes. Aerate ornamental pools, stock with mosquito fish, or use mosquito dunks.
These fish eat mosquito larvae that have just hatched from eggs. Contact your local Mosquito Vector Agency.
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.