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Water Features, Mosquitoes, & West Nile Virus

Water features can be a beautiful addition to any landscaping. Fountains, birdbaths, waterfalls, and ponds provide an enhancement and peaceful tranquility.

With spring upon us, many homeowners are considering their landscaping and with that may come the addition of a water feature. The dilemma is that water features can be a haven for mosquitoes and mosquitoes can carry West Nile Virus and other diseases.

So what can a homeowner do?

Mosquitoes enjoy the luxury of standing water, which is why tires, wheelbarrows, pots, pans, and pails should never be left outside in a position where they can collect water. For the same reason birdbaths are attractive areas for mosquitoes to lay their larva.

If you want to have a water feature incorporated in your landscaping, the water should be continuously filtered and aerated utilizing outdoor pumps and filtering systems specifically designed for the task.

Additional information on how to protect your family from West Nile Virus when landscaping.