EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - Just days after a bird tested positive for West Nile in Eau Claire County the Health Department wants to let you know what to do to stay safe.
On a night like tonight it might be hard to keep the little ones indoors, for the Moua family tonight was the perfect weather for a picnic.
“We try to put bug spray on the kids and pants to keep the bugs from biting them,” Eau Claire mother Bai Her said.
But with bugs out in the air they say they want to keep their kids safe.
“Just keep them indoors ,yeah we try to keep them indoors and if they do get mosquito bites we put some cream on it,” her said.
“Really think about covering small children, that is really the best way to prevent bugs from having access to their skin.” Lieske Giese Eau Claire County Health Department Director said.
But during hot summer nights, long sleeves and pants might not be an option.
“Three big things they can do they can wear insect repellent cover their body when they are outdoors. It’s something we strongly recommend and getting rid of standing water is an important rule as well,” Giese said.
It’s getting rid of the spots with standing water that Giese says can make the biggest difference when it comes to breeding mosquitoes.
“We had a couple of tires and a puddle and I tried to put some dirt in the tire so it left the water out and hopefully that will prevent the bugs,” Eau Claire father Na Moua said.
“That’s a breeding ground for mosquitos you’re asking them to come to your yard,” Giese said.
Eau Claire county isn’t the only one with reports of West Nile. There have been reports of the virus in Chippewa, Dunn, Sawyer and Wood counties.
The Health Department says if you are concerned about using bug spray on your young kids or are looking for more safety tips you can visit the CDC website.