West Nile Virus

Real Estate Manager Checklist: West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne infection that is a potentially serious illness. Refer to the following checklist for suggestions on how to curb the breeding of mosquitoes on your properties, and educate the residents and tenants you serve.

Property Maintenance

  • Inspect property for standing water and remove immediately
  • Check roofs for ponding water
  • Repair pot holes or pavement cracks where water can accumulate
  • Clean gutters and drains
  • Adjust irrigation systems to avoid excess water
  • Empty standing water from flower pots and lawn areas
  • Ensure drains are flowing freely
  • Repair leaking faucets
  • Check screens on windows and rain barrels to prevent mosquito entry
  • Check property for hidden trash, containers, or debris where water can accumulate
  • Conduct regular maintenance on swimming pools and fountains
  • Check with city or municipal services regarding local control programs
  • Implement mosquito abatement program as part of pest control management
  • Ensure insect repellent is available for the property
  • Consider landscaping techniques to attract mosquitoes’ natural predators

Resident/Tenant Communication

  • Educate residents/tenants on West Nile Virus, including potential symptoms and what to do if they think they may be infected
  • Advise residents/tenants to use insect repellent and dress in long sleeves and pants, especially at dawn and dusk
  • Educate residents/tenants on how to prevent and eliminate mosquito breeding sources
  • Notify residents/tenants when mosquito abatement will take place so exposure to chemicals can be reduced


Center for Disease Control West Nile Virus

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