Today in Insects: The Return of West Nile


It’s an itchy week in New York. First bedbugs, now this: poison mosquitoes.

City Room is reporting today that West Nile virus, which you’d probably forgotten about, is back in action. It’s been found in Old Town on Staten Island, East Williamsburg/Bushwick (run, hipsters!), and South Jamaica/Rochdale Village and Auburndale/Pomonok in Queens. Luckily, no human cases have been reported, and the health department is now spraying those neighborhoods like crazy, the cure being worse than the disease sometimes.

According to the CDC, 80 percent of people who get bitten by a West Nile mosquito don’t exhibit any symptoms. But if you do, it can be nasty: fever, headaches, nausea, vomiting, etc. You definitely don’t want that. The CDC’s prevention tips include regularly applying bug spray, wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts, staying inside, and closing your windows.

Here are our prevention tips:

  • Slap the little motherfuckers as soon as they land on you.
  • Wave your arms around wildly when you hear a mosquito near your head.
  • Don’t live on Staten Island, in East Williamsburg/Bushwick, or in either of those neighborhoods in Queens.
  • Tuck your pants into your socks (or is that for ticks? Whatever).

Good luck, everyone. Go buy some OFF! before it’s too late.