For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Michelle Pintar
Phone: (414) 431-6104
West Nile Virus Before it Starts
– Wild birds made ill by West Nile Virus
have been finding their way to the Wisconsin Humane
Society's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center . Dozens
of infected crows, a Great Horned Owl and a Red-tailed
Hawk have recently arrived at WHS.
West Nile Virus
can also affect people, particularly the elderly
and people with compromised immune systems.
Humane Society would like to offer these tips to
our community to help stop the spread of the disease:
water in birdbaths at least twice a week, since
mosquitoes can hatch in as little as four days.
out the gutters on your house to keep them from
holding water where mosquitoes can breed.
water in flowerpot bases, old tires, buckets, watering
cans, wheelbarrows, swimming pool covers, etc.
standing water in your yard by correcting landscaping
are most active from dusk to dawn. When possible,
avoid working outdoors when mosquitoes are biting.
Some mosquitoes are active during the day – particularly
in weedy, bushy and wooded or shaded areas, so you
may wish to avoid working in these areas if you
can, or use an appropriate mosquito repellent applied
according to label directions.
Scott Diehl, Wildlife Manager for the Wisconsin
Humane Society, is available for interviews. A photo
opportunity of WHS' permanent resident crow and
“yard search” for sources of water that allow mosquitoes
to breed are also available. To schedule an appointment,
contact Michelle Pintar at (414) 431-6104.