Unattended swimming pools lead to mosquitoes 6.6

Written by David Green.

Stagnant water and warm temperatures.

There’s nothing better when it comes to breeding territory for mosquitoes.

With home foreclosures at a record high, unattended swimming pools are serving as a source of stagnant water like never before.

In the Sacramento, Calif., area, an estimated 1,400 pools are turning murky among the 9,700 homes for sale.

It’s not just empty homes that are a problem. Mosquito control workers say that when a home is for sale, maintenance often suffers and pool care might not take priority.

City officials are working with real estate agents to learn the locations of unattended pools in hopes of controlling the mosquito population.

A news report on National Public Radio quoted a mosquito control technician as saying that an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 larvae exist in a single abandoned pool.

Morenci city clerk/administrator Renée Schroeder learned of a vacant foreclosed property in the city with a pool—and the potential to produce mosquitoes by the thousands.

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