Take Steps To Reduce Mosquito Populations
Following June's heavy rains and flooding across the state, State health and environmental officials urge residents to take simple steps to reduce exposure to mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus (WNV) tend to breed in places where there is standing, stagnant water with a high concentration of organic content. Containers that hold water for an extended period of time, such as birdbaths and gutters, are breeding sites for these mosquitoes because they lack the natural predators found in wetlands and lakes. According to the Department of Natural Resources, even a single discarded tire can produce 500 mosquitoes.
Mosquito larvae must live in still water for five or more days to complete their growth before changing into adult mosquitoes capable of transmitting disease. Effective ways to prevent your home from becoming a mosquito breeding site include: