Four Seasons of Prevention

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Smoke/Washington Air Quality Monitor
Ticks
Ticks are most active in early Spring through early Fall. Washington State is not high-risk for tickborne diseases, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have any.
  • Visit our Zoonotic Disease page for quick info on removal.
  • Find a tick on yourself, a family member, or your pet? Washington State wants your ticks! Learn more and follow the instructions here

Mosquitoes
There are over 40 different kinds of mosquitoes in Washington. From West Nile Virus to Zika Virus, St Louis Encephalitis to Dengue Fever - Washington State and especially Walla Walla County remain low-risk for mosquito-borne diseases.  Learn more about mosquitoes here, where you can even read about Washington State’s mosquito control districts, the agent used on mosquito breeding areas, and which mosquito species are even in Walla Walla County, right down to their latin roots.

Snake Safety
Washington state summer hiking season is here, bringing unexpected opportunities to interact with native wildlife, including snakes. Read Washington Poison Center's full Seasonal Health Alert for more information.

Saltwater Beach Advisories

Make sure you can swim, dig for shellfish, hunt for crabs, fish for salmon, launch your boat, and recreate the way you want, where you want.

Algae Blooms
Check if algae blooms are happening at your watery destination.

General Water Illness Safety
From rashes, ear problems, and sunburns to vomiting, diarrhea, and kidney failure: read more here.

Life Jackets
Life jackets are required in Washington State for children 12 and under on a moving boat 19 ft long or less. Every recreational boat in Washington must carry at least one life jacket by law. Life jackets are fit by weight (size), not age. Find out more here.

Updated 07/26/19

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