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Greenwich Launches Larvicide Program To Combat Mosquitoes, West Nile

The Town of Greenwich is looking to take preventative measures against the West Nile virus.
The Town of Greenwich is looking to take preventative measures against the West Nile virus. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

GREENWICH, Conn. – The Town of Greenwich will begin a preemptive larviciding program that will include the treatment of public and private roadway catch basins, public school ground catch basins and other property owned by the Town in an effort to battle the West Nile Virus.

“Controlling the mosquito population in the larval stage through the application of larvicide has been found to be very effective over the years, so it is prudent to continue this action," Director of Health Caroline Calderone Baisley said.

When bitten by an infected mosquito, most people are able to fight off the infection and experience either mild symptoms, such as headache and fever, or no symptoms at all. It is believed that approximately one in 100 persons bitten by an infected mosquito become ill. In a minority of infected persons, especially those over 50 years old, West Nile Virus can cause serious illness, including encephalitis and meningitis.

Greenwich residents are urged to continue to participate in the Town’s mosquito control efforts by eliminating areas of standing water around their homes. Other preventitive actions include:

  • Get rid of old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles or any water holding containers.
  • Fill in or drain any low places (puddles, ruts) in yard.
  • Keep rain gutters, drains, ditches and culverts clean of weeds and trash so water will drain properly.
  • Cover trash containers to keep out rainwater.
  • Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets.
  • Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store indoors when not in use.
  • Make sure your backyard pool is properly chlorinated every day.
  • Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water with sand or concrete.
  • Change the water in birdbaths and plant pots or drip trays at least once each week.
  • Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes cannot hide there.
  • Eliminate collected water in boat or pool covers.

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