Saskatchewan Health officials are reminding residents that we are approaching the peak for West Nile Virus activity this season.
The risk of getting the virus is usually greater in late July and in August, when the mosquito carrying West Nile, the Culex tarsalis, is most active and present in high numbers.
So officials are revealing tips to people on how to reduce the risk.
That includes reducing time spent outside between dusk and dawn, when the mosquitoes are most likely to bite, covering up and using insect repellant, clearing yards of any items that can collect water, regular cleaning and emptying of bird baths and eaves troughs, making sure doors and window screens fit tightly and are free of holes, keeping bushes, shrubs and lawn chairs clear of overgrowth and debris, and ensuring rain barrels are covered with a mosquito screen or are tightly sealed around the downspout.
The reminder comes as the August long weekend rapidly approaches.