Spring is here and with that comes the first line of defense versus the spread of the West Nile Virus. In Aston Township we see this first line of defense being simple property maintenance. Don’t forget during your spring cleaning routine to get outside! Spending just a little time outside caring for your property can go a long way in stopping the spread of West Nile Virus.
Cleaning up your stuff!
Items left outside can collect rainwater. Over time this rain water becomes stagnate and essentially a breeding ground for Mosquitoes.
Practice good weed control habits!
Letting weeds and brush overgrow is a leading factor in attracting Mosquitoes. These items get saturated with water and become ideal areas for Mosquitoes to congregate.
Mow your lawn regularly!
Allowing grass to grow to excessive length can be just as detrimental as not controlling overgrowth. The taller the grass is the more water it absorbs making it just another ideal home for Mosquitoes. The high grass also allows the water to pond creating breeding grounds for Mosquitoes and potentially the West Nile Virus.
Power washing, cleaning gutters, painting, repairing broken concrete sidewalks and curbs, repaving driveways to ensure they slope away from the house are just some of the spring time maintenance items. Anything that can eliminate dirt, grime, or standing water will go a long way in preventing the breeding of Mosquitoes and the spread of the West Nile Virus.
This donut shaped product, often referred to as a “Mosquito dunk,” can be used to kill mosquito larvae in small pools of water. It is smart to buy these products early and keep them available for the height of Mosquito season.