June is on its way in! Now is the time for BBQs, picnics, and summer play. Unfortunately, the mosquitoes are also coming in, and they are ready to feed. Did you know there are over 50 different species of mosquitoes?
According to the cbc.ca, Mosquitoes lay their eggs not just on the surface of water but also “near boggy, swampy, watery areas, on leaves or just about anything that is just above or near the water.” Just imagine what an illegal dumpsite provides to the happy mosquito, the perfect breeding ground of furniture, scrap from demolition sites, and discarded tires. Then imagine the recent rains which have provided water to fill the vacant nooks and crannies. Any animal or human nearby will be feed for a host of these disease carrying flying insects.
Mosquitoes bring with them viruses that include Zika, West Nile, Chikungunya, dengue, and malaria. And they can fly 1-3 miles to find their prey. So, what is a city to do?
To prevent these diseases which are spread from mosquitos:
- Dump Sites need to be cleared of all trash and scrapes where mosquitoes can lay their eggs
- Cleared Dump Sites need to be sprayed with an insecticide to kill any adult mosquito and larvae
- The community needs to be educated on how illegal dumping can bring diseases to their community
- Illegal Dumping Cameras should be strategically placed to prevent further dumping and to stop this perpetual problem.
Stop Illegal Dumping and Mosquitoes from multiplying in your neighborhood!