West Nile Virus is confirmed to be in Ottawa.
Our record breaking rain this spring and summer have created ideal growing conditions for mosquitos who seem to be biggest I’ve ever seen, and their bite seems bigger too!
Don’t let the bugs keep you indoors. Fight back. For an effective bug spray, look for DEET on the ingredient list. It was invented for the military and is a proven defence against bugs, mosquitos and ticks included.
A stink free alternative to DEET is the ingredient Picaridin. It has become easier to find since Health Canada approved it as an insect repellent in 2012. A big plus about Picaridin based bug sprays is that they won’t damage plastic, aren’t sticky or smelly, but there is a downside.
At least for me, this is not a guilt free option since I can’t seem to shake thoughts of the animal testing that I read about in the link I offered above. Long sleeves/pants, socks, mosquito netting are still an option for you if you want to go without repellent.
A look at this tweet shows that this isn’t the first, and likely won’t be the last time for West Nile Virus in Ottawa, so we may as well learn how to protect ourselves. With our record breaking rain, make sure you dump any water that has collected in items around your home, like pails, tires, empty garden pots.