Mon 6 Apr 2009
THANK YOU JOE HARROD, COLUMBUS PUBLIC HEALTH
We pick up litter so that our neighborhood looks clean and nice. We pick up litter before stormwater runoff takes this trash downstream and dirties our rivers, wildlife habitat, and ultimately the water we drink. We also pick up litter to reduce the threat of West Nile virus–did you know that a bottle cap tossed can hold water with 100 mosquito culex ((West Nile)?
On March 30, Tina Mohn and I walked Overbrook Drive off High Street with Joe. Briefly, CPH will place mosquito traps in mid June to assess for type and quantity. Most important, I learned that there are things we all can do to prevent the mosquito-borne West Nile virus. If we all took the following measures, we can reduce the City’s need to spray pesticide chemicals. Joe said that the most important step we can take is to CLEAN OUR GUTTERS. Here are the other things we can do:
1. Keep gutters free of debris.
2. Cover open boats.
3. Repair leaking water faucets.
4. Keep swimming pools clean or covered.
5. Eliminate water collecting depressions in tarps (wood piles for example)
6. Clean bird baths once a week.
7. Keep ornamental pots and plant saucers free of standing water.
8. Keep Gambusia fish in ornamental ponds.
9. Store anything that can hold water for more than a few days.
10. Prevent old tires from collecting water.