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Bzz! Here's a look at mosquitoes in your neighborhood ...

You probably don't need a map to tell you your backyard is full of mosquitoes, but here's how your zip code compared with others in 2013. Based on data from Shelby County Health Department, an average of 425,000 were caught in the county, and below you will find zip codes by density—the average of mosquitoes caught in a trap per night. SCHD wants to make it clear that just because your area is less dense than others, it doesn't mean you're less at risk at getting West Nile virus (WNV). Scroll down to read more.

How to use this interactive: Click on a highlighted area to learn information for that zip code. You can click on a point to learn if a trap tested positive or negative. WMC Action News 5 is working to add all zip codes in the Mid-South throughout the summer. Email web@wmctv.com with questions.

When mosquitoes are sent to be tested for WNV, they are sent in groups that are collectively referred to as a mosquito pool. In general, a mosquito pool can consist of up to 50 mosquitoes depending on how many mosquitoes are collected in the trap. For a mosquito pool to test positive, there only needs to be one WNV-positive mosquito in the pool. For a trapping zone to be considered positive for a specific week there must be at least one WNV-positive pool from that zone. So far in 2014, only one person has been confirmed to have contracted West Nile virus.

So how can you protect yourself? Follow the guide below.

Weekly Shelby Co. spray schedule

To date, positive tests pools have been confirmed in the several zip codes. Please consult WMCAN5's map for specifics.

Monday, Aug. 18

  • 8:15 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.
  • ZIP Codes: 38104, 38106, 38107, 38108, 38111, 38112, 38114, 38122, 38126

Tuesday, Aug. 19

  • 8:15 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.
  • ZIP Codes: 38002, 38016, 38018, 38120, 38128, 38133, 38134, 38135

Wednesday, Aug. 20

  • 8:15 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.
  • ZIP Codes: 38127, 38128

Thursday, Aug. 21

  • 8:15 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.
  • ZIP Codes: 38108, 38111, 38117, 38122, 38128, 38134

Citizens who do not want their residences to be sprayed should call 901-222-9715.

From the SCHD

From the Shelby County Health Department:

Citizens can now view the exact boundaries of each scheduled spray: click here. New maps will be added weekly to reflect updated schedules.

Truck mounted spraying only effectively kills adult mosquitoes that are currently flying at the time the insecticide is released. Because of this, residents are highly encouraged to be vigilant as it relates to controlling mosquito populations around their homes and businesses. Citizens are encouraged to:

—Wear DEET-containing mosquito repellants according to label directions (especially during evening hours)

—Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs. Check properties for objects - including old tires, flower pots and drip plates, tin cans, buckets, and children’s toys

—that collect rainwater and either drain or dispose of the water

—Install or repair windows and door screens

—Empty, clean and refill birdbaths and small wading pools weekly

—Empty and refill pets’ water bowls every few days

—Repair failed septic systems

—Repair leaky outside faucets

—Clean rain gutters and down spouts

—Secure swimming pool covers tightly and remove any standing water after rainfall

—Store wheelbarrows, canoes and boats upside down

—Stock ornamental lawn ponds with fish (Gambusia) that eat mosquito larvae (Gambusia fish are available FREE from the Vector Control Program – PLEASE CALL FOR AVAILABILITY – (901) 222-9715)

Individuals with chronic health problems such as asthma or other lung conditions may want to remain indoors during the time of spraying. Citizens who do not want their residences to be sprayed should contact the Health Department’s Vector Control Program at (901) 222-9715.

Humans can catch the West Nile virus through being bitten by an infected mosquito. Although West Nile virus can occasionally cause severe disease, most human infections are mild, resulting in fever, headache and body aches that last only a few days.

Symptoms of severe disease include a high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma or convulsions. Persons over age 50 and those with compromised immune systems are at higher risk of severe disease. They should especially be careful to avoid mosquito bites.

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