Waterloo Region still hasn’t had any cases of West Nile this year.

But Manager of Infection Control with Region of Waterloo Public Health, Brenda Miller tells 570 News, there have been positive mosquito pools all around us.

Test pools have come back positive from Toronto, Oakville, Milton and St.Catharines.

Miller says, “Each week we trap four mosquitoes, send them off for testing. While we haven’t had any positive pools yet this year, it really is just a matter of time. So the emphasis is on people taking precautions.”

Precautions include using insect repellent with DEET, “Especially when you’re outdoors between dusk and dawn, or if you’re in an area cleaning up some shrubbery where you’re disturbing them. And when you’re thinking about young children, particularly because they have a lot of hand to mouth actions, you’ll want to look at how you apply the insect repellent.”

Miller adds even with the warm temperatures, it’s best to cover up. She says to put on a light shirt with long sleeves, longer pants and light colours seem to detract mosquitoes.

It’s also a good idea to remove any standing water from your property. Miller says if you have a bird bath, it’s best to clean it about every other day.