Don’t Let Mosquitoes Move Onto Your Property This Summer!

Submitted by Jasmina on Wed, 2007-06-13 09:13.

Mosquitoes need standing water to lay their eggs in. Even a small pool of water can produce hundreds of mosquitoes that can transmit diseases like West Nile virus.

Here are some tips for homeowners from York Region Health Services:

  • Drill holes in the bottom of garbage cans and recycling containers for drainage.
  • Store pet bowls indoors when not in use.
  • Clean roof gutters, downspouts and eaves troughs regularly.
  • Cover rain barrels with fine mesh netting.
  • Drain water from birdbaths, flower pots, window boxes, planters and swimming pool covers.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools, wheelbarrows and canoes when not in use.
  • Eliminate old tires or keep them indoors.
  • Chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs.
  • Use landscaping to eliminate stagnant water.

For more information about avoiding these nasty neighbours, contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 and read York Region's 2007 West Nile virus (WNv) Control Plan.