Health officials in Arlington are urging residents to take action now to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes that carry disease.
The town’s health department issued an advisory Friday asking that residents take steps to mosquito-proof their homes by draining standing water because mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water.
The town is suggesting residents check rain gutters, drains, empty flowerpots and wading pools and to change the water in birdbaths frequently.
The town is also suggesting that residents install or repair screens on windows and doors, and avoid mosquito bites with the use of insect repellent.
Much of the Boston area has received nine or more inches of rain this month, according to the National Weather Service, and Arlington has had mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile Virus in recent years, including last summer.
The virus is most commonly transmitted to humans through bites by infected mosquitoes. Arlington treats storm water catch basins to prevent mosquito breeding.