If so, dump it on a plant and get rid of any standing water as the California State Assembly has declared April 19 to 25 as “West Nile Virus and Mosquito & Vector Control Awareness Week."
Okay. We're not talking something as memorable as Christmas or even Earth Day. Nevertheless, the good folks in the legislature want to spread awareness in the fight against mosquitoes so the pests don't spread viruses to humans including West Nile, Chikungunya and Dengue fever.
In 2014, the California Department of Public Health recorded 801 diagnoses with 31 deaths occurring. That was a record breaking year since the virus first invaded the Golden State in 2003.
It's not like you need one more thing to worry about so get rid of standing water sources left outside; keeping swimming pools clean, and regularly checking for mosquito larvae in still water sources such as bird baths and ponds.
“Current drought and warm weather conditions may contribute to more stagnant water sources and higher numbers of mosquitoes, which increases the risk of West Nile Virus infection,” Pasadena Public Health Officer Dr. Ying-Ying Goh said. “Take precautions now to prevent mosquitoes from breeding and to avoid being bitten.”
A reduced number of small pockets of water create an even more attractive environment for mosquitoes to lay eggs.
In 2015 to date, there have been no reported human cases of West Nile Virus in Pasadena and in California.
Log on to the California Department of Public Health website for more information.