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Mosquitoes Mean Business

After the recent torrential weather, you may be noticing that there are a few more mosquitoes than usual hanging out in your back yard. Of course, these troublesome pests pose a real health risk to us, when it comes to the transmission of diseases such as West Nile, Chikungunya, Malaria and of course Zika. Here’s an article with a little help to homeowners on how you can rescue your back yard areas from these critters.

Garden Help: Mosquitoes are abundant after storms

Container breeding mosquitoes are still a concern and homeowners can help to eliminate breeding areas, which means anything around the landscape that holds water. Although these mosquitoes stay close to home, they still fly so it’s important for entire neighborhoods to get involved. Make it a goal to inspect your landscape every week to get rid of or treat standing water.

As an additional measure of protection, make sure your mosquito control is up to date.

Whether you’re in an area that has been directly affected by storms or not, it’s always sensible to take care of your outside areas, so that they are a safe place to enjoy. Richmond, VA has recently discovered that West Nile virus is present in mosquitoes in the area, and this is just one of many parts of the United States that will continue to see the ongoing rise of mosquito borne disease.

West Nile virus found in Richmond and Henrico mosquitoes

Pools of mosquitoes along the boundary of Richmond and Henrico County have tested positive for the West Nile virus, and health officials are warning residents throughout the region that they need to protect themselves. Though the mosquitoes were found along the northern and western boundary between the county and city, “the general thinking is, if we test mosquitoes and they’re positive in those sites, the likelihood is we’ll have positive mosquitoes all over the region,” said Dr. Danny Avula, director of the Richmond City Health District.

Mosquitoes mean serious business. They thrive in the weather that causes us misery, only to continue inflicting further misery on us all. Let’s all play our part in fighting these suckers!

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