West Nile Cases Already Growing in Shelby County

West Nile Cases Already Growing in Shelby County

According to the Shelby County Health Department, mosquitoes in Shelby County are carrying the West Nile Virus. Dozens of cases have already been reported so far this year.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - According to the Shelby County Health Department, mosquitoes in Shelby County are carrying the West Nile Virus. Dozens of cases have already been reported so far this year. Anything that holds water is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

"You think about your planters, your plant dish underneath, that's a common place for mosquitoes to be breeding on your patio or near your house,” said Terminix’s Senior Technical Professional and Entomologist, Stoy Hedges

Terminix's pest experts found a simple way to repel mosquitoes; it goes a little further than your average spray repellant.

"They use all natural ingredients from things like cinnamon oil, peppermint oil, other oils which are all derived by citronella plant oil, and we found in certain mixtures they'll repel about 95-percent of mosquitoes,” said Hedges.

That's not bad, considering Shelby County had one of the worst seasons for West Nile in 2011. This year cases are popping up even earlier. 33 mosquitoes tested positive for the West Nile virus across the state of Tennessee and half were in Shelby County. The Health Department has already started spraying for mosquitoes.
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