With the arrival of warmer weather, the Cache Mosquito Abatement District is offering a few tips to Cache Valley residents to help reduce breeding areas for mosquitoes. First, residents should remove as much standing water as possible from around their properties. Cache abatement officials say it takes as little as half a cup of water to provide a hatching area for thousands of mosquito larvae. Old tires or cracked buckets can hole enough water to be these breeding areas. Partially blocked gutters also will have enough water for the insects to breed in. If you have ornamental ponds on your property, consider removing or reducing vegetation that provides a shelter area for the bugs. Biological or chemical controls are available for use in these ponds as well. Residents should consider installing a recycling fountain in their ponds. West Nile Virus has been found in mosquito populations and has infected other species in Cache Valley: horses, birds and people. The original virus has been slowly changing in the northern states to one that can more often result in the more serious strain of neuroinvasive virus in humans. Residents should take precautions when they’re outside during prime mosquito activity, which is from dusk to dawn. Long pants and long-sleeved shirts should be worn, and a mosquito repellent recommended by the CDC should be used. The Cache Mosquito Abatement District will continue to use a variety of approaches to managing mosquitoes this year. Visit their Web site at www.cachemosquito.com for information on larvacide treatments, spraying policy, fogging schedules and more.
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