Standing Water: Breeding Ground for Mosquitoes

Standing Water: Breeding Ground for Mosquitoes first appeared on the Backyard Bug Patrol blog.

The month of September confirmed the 7th human case of West Nile Virus in the state of New Jersey. Recognized by flu-like symptoms, the virus can easily go undetected. Many people mistake the disease to be a common fever and don’t seek medical advice. We have a voice to raise our concerns if we notice that something may not quite be right, however, animals aren’t quite so lucky. A horse in the Gloucester County area sadly had to be put to sleep due to becoming infected with the mosquito borne virus.

7th case of West Nile virus reported in N.J.

As of Aug. 27, according to the state health department’s website, six people have tested positive for the West Nile virus in Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Middlesex and Passaic counties.

Are you taking the necessary steps to prevent a bite from a mosquito?  Have you protected your back yard from these needle nosed pests making their home?

The tiniest amount of standing water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. So if you’ve had any recent rainfall, get into the habit of clearing any potential enticing water pools. If not, you could be at risk of a violation.

Standing-water ordinance in Cranston targets mosquitoes

Hoping to minimize its troublesome mosquito population, the city has enacted a law forbidding real estate owners and occupants to let standing water accumulate. A first-time violation would be punishable by a $50 fine.

A five minute daily check on your yard can not only save you a fine but can save your health too.

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