Is there ever going to be a time where we can leave the house without fear of catching some sort of a contagious fatal disease? While I might be being a touch dramatic, think about it. The last three years we have been making sure there are masks, hand sanitizers and COVID tests available 'just in case" to the point that we might have forgotten about West Nile Virus.

The reason that I mention it is because there has recently been a mosquito pool that has tested positive for the West Nile Virus in the Hudson Valley region of New York. Where there is even just one mosquito, there is a chance of West Nile virus.

What are a few things that you can do to limit your exposure to West Nile Virus?

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The best defense is a good offense. When you do head outdoors wearing an insect repellent is a great start. You can also wear light colored clothing and limit your time outdoors when the mosquitos are the most prevalent, like dawn and dusk.  

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What are a few of the symptoms of West Nile Virus?


According to the Center for Disease Control, some of the most common symptoms are headache, and high fever, along with achy joints, vomiting and diarrhea. In some persons the symptoms also include seizures, weakness and even vision loss.

If you believe you have been bitten by a mosquito, keep an eye out for symptoms and if you are experiencing any (or all of them) get yourself to the doctor. There are cases of West Nile that are fatal.

Need extra help fighting off mosquitos? Plant these around your home

As we previously told you, mosquitoes are the most dangerous creatures on earth. If you want to keep them away from you're yard, these plants can help!

Plant Some Of These In Your New York Garden to Keep Mosquitoes Away

New York State is home to about 70 species of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes occasionally they can transmit disease. According to New York State Of Health, some mosquito species have the potential to transmit disease-causing viruses, should those viruses be present in New York.

How do you keep these dangerous creepy crawlies away from you and your yard? Well, you could spend a small fortune on citronella candles all summer long. Or you can plant some of these 11 plant varieties around your garden or yard:

9 Plants That Naturally Repel Mosquitos

Got a green thumb? Here are 9 plants to consider for your garden that naturally repel mosquitos.