Health District provides tips to eliminate West Nile Virus breeding sources
LAS VEGAS – Due to the increase in rain and flooding activity, the Southern Nevada Health District is recommending that residents in the Laughlin, Nevada region assess the areas surrounding their home for standing water in order to eliminate breeding sources for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can spread potentially serious diseases such as West Nile Virus and West Nile Encephalitis. West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes have been reported in Clark County. To date, no human cases have been reported.
Standing and/or stagnant water provides an ideal breeding environment for mosquitoes. It takes seven to 10 days from the time a mosquito lays her eggs until 100 to 400 larvae begin their life. Due to the small size of the mosquito larvae and pupae, a large source of standing water is not needed.
Additional breeding prevention tips include:
Chlorine will not kill mosquito larvae.
If a pool cover is used, keep it tightly sealed.
Remove rain water from the top of the pool cover.
Stock unused or “out-of-order” pools with mosquito fish.
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Change water every week.
Store indoors and empty when not in use or on vacation.
Aerate ornamental ponds or stock them with mosquito eating fish.
Remove leaves and thin out plant.
Keep water levels up.
Screen inlet of recirculation pump.
Transfer fish to glass bowl when cleaning pond because chlorine kills fish.
If pond is no longer desired, break holes in the bottom and fill with dirt or sand.