For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Michelle Pintar
Phone: (414) 431-6104
West Nile Virus Before it Starts
– For the last few weeks, wild birds made
ill by West Nile Virus have been arriving at the
Wisconsin Humane Society. Particularly hard hit
are crows: one or more crows infected with the virus
arrives at WHS daily. In the last few weeks, dozens
of crows, several Cooper's Hawks and a Red-tailed
Hawk infected with the virus have arrived at the
WHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
Humane Society would like to offer these tips to
the community to help stop the spread of the disease:
water in birdbaths at least twice a week, since
mosquitoes can hatch in as little as four days.
out the gutters on your house to keep them from
holding water where mosquitoes can breed.
water in flowerpot bases, old tires, buckets, watering
cans, wheelbarrows, swimming pool covers, etc.
standing water in your yard by correcting landscaping
are most active from dusk to dawn. When possible,
avoid working outdoors when mosquitoes are biting.
Some mosquitoes are active during the day – particularly
in weedy, bushy, and wooded or shaded areas, so
you may wish to avoid working in these areas if
you can, or use an appropriate mosquito repellent
applied according to label directions.
Scott Diehl, Wildlife Manager for the Wisconsin
Humane Society, is available for interviews. In
addition, a Red-tailed Hawk recovering from West
Nile Virus is currently available for photos. To
schedule an appointment, contact Michelle Pintar
at (414) 431-6104.