The Health Department tested several pools of standing water along Dug Hill Road on Thursday July 20 2017. They found the Culex and Aedes variety of mosquito. The Culex variety can carry West Nile Virus so it is important in our neighborhood where we are in close proximity to these insects to eliminate all sources of standing water where the insects can lay their larvae. Zika does not appear to be in the mosquito population in North Alabama at this time. The Health Department put larvicides in the water and fogged with an adulticide to control at least temporarily the mosquito population. The city mayor’s office has been contacted and requested to prioritize a project with engineering and maintenance of the public works department to fix that ditch so that we will not have that disease vector in our backyards.

What you can do:

Limiting mosquito habitats and breeding grounds may also help limit human exposure. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, so dispose of all cans, plastic containers, rubber tires, or any other possible water-holding containers from nearby property. At least once or twice a week, empty water from flowerpots, pet food and water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers, buckets, barrels, and cans. Drain water from pool covers. Check for clogged rain gutters and clean them out.

Thanks for everyone working together to help prevent ourselves, our family and our neighbors from being at risk from mosquito borne diseases.