Climate change is bringing longer summer seasons, warmer weather and more precipitation to Oregon. This can cause insect populations to grow faster and spread further.
Insects like ticks and mosquitoes can carry and pass diseases on to humans through bites. Ticks can cause Lyme disease, and mosquitoes can cause diseases like West Nile virus and Zika virus. Sometimes these insects can spread disease to humans and to animals they bite such as horses, rodents and birds.
Our Mosquito Control program works to track and manage areas with large numbers of mosquitoes. Learn more by visiting their website.
Reduce your chance of getting an illness or disease from an insect by:
- Using an EPA-approved insect repellent.
- Covering up your skin with long-sleeved shirts, long pants and hats.
- Reporting mosquito hot spots or dead birds in your area to Washington County.
- Getting rid of any standing water around your home that might attract mosquitos.
- Making sure any open windows at home are screened.
HHS Climate and Health Team