Illegal dumping is not only unsightly and unpleasant, but very unhygienic. The carelessness of illegal dumping is disposed of in such a way that it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses, causing people to become ill and pick up nasty infections. However, fly dumping sights are also a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Where the viruses and bacteria may sit and multiply on the disarray of tires and abandoned furniture, mosquitos carry bacteria and viruses to people 1-3 miles away. Some mosquitoes have been discovered to have traveled up to 7 miles from their original breeding spots and around 20-40 miles when food sources are scarce.
Among the infectious viruses and diseases mosquitoes carry are: Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus, and Zika Virus. Some of which are known to cause birth defects, infertility and even death.
When mosquitoes are choosing a nesting-ground for their larva, they search for a home that is wet, warm, and wasted. The neglected sites of illegal dumping lots are the perfect breeding place for these creatures.
So how can communities protect themselves against these infectious mosquitoes? What does it take to fight illegal dumping?
- Educate: Inform your community about the dangers of these viruses and diseases that bugs carry and infect people. Educate on the dangers that illegal dumping brings
- Enable: Help people stand up against the crime of illegal dumping and fight it by standing together and disciplining those that partake in fly dumping
- Equip: Give people the tools to fight this crime with resources like an illegal dumping camera
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