West Nile Virus

During the past few years, there has been increasing concerns regarding the West Nile virus, an illness contracted through a mosquito bite. Many residents have expressed their fears regarding this virus and hopefully the information contained on this page will alleviate some of those concerns..

Brownstowns West Nile Virus Prevention Program

In 2003, the Charter Township of Brownstown implemented the Brownstown West Nile Virus Prevention Program.

During the virus activity months, the Township routinely inspects and treats areas of concern with larvicides to help reduce the number of breeding locations available to mosquitoes. Larvicides are used to specifically affect the larvae of the mosquito and prevent them from developing into adults. Brownstown uses larvicides, which can be used in a variety of habitats without disrupting aquatic wildlife or their food chain.

Storm drains throughout the Township are treated with larvicide briquets known as Altosid. The briquets prevent mosquito larvae from becoming breeding, biting adults.

Standing water areas such as retention ponds, roadside ditches and other areas of concern are treated with Vectolex WSP, which kills mosquitoes in their larvae stage. Approximately 40 retention ponds in the Township are treated with Vectolex. Treatments are generally every 30 days during the months of June through August, possibly September.

You can also help reduce your possible exposure to the West Nile Virus by following a few simple tips:

  • Reduce your outdoor activities during peak mosquito activity from dusk to dawn.
  • If you are outside during peak mosquito time wear long sleeve shirts, pants and socks and spray clothing and exposed skin with an insect repellant that contains DEET.
  • Remove any standing, stagnant water, the breeding ground for mosquitoes, from around your home. Turn over buckets, toys, etc. that can fill with water. Clean your birdbaths and gutters frequently.

Additional Resources

If you would like to learn more about the virus and mosquito control, please visit the Wayne Countys West Nile Virus Information page. Or visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Website. Click here to view a PDF brochure from Wayne County offering answers to frequently asked questions.