The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has issued some tips for avoiding West Nile Virus. They say when taking precautions, you should remember the “four Ds”…Drain, Dusk and dawn, DEET and Dress. Drain standing water around the house weekly since that’s where mosquitoes lay eggs. Be sure to empty old tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels and toys where puddles can occur. Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active, so limit outdoor activities or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites. DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents. Always follow label instructions carefully. Dress in long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk or in areas where mosquitoes are active. West Nile Virus disease is rare, but if you have symptoms including high fever, severe headache and stiff neck, contact your health care provider immediately. For more information, click here.