Standing water acts as a breeding
Now that Hurricane Hermine has come and gone in the U.S., the concern that Zika virus may spread is very real. With the heavy rains that poured into parts of Florida, standing water is a concern for residents across the state.
Standing water in ditches, ponds and puddles isn't nearly as important to address as is standing water in man-made containers, such as buckets. Standing water in man-made containers is a concern because the Aedes aegypti species of mosquito, the species that transmits the virus, loves to breed in human habitats.
With the damage sustained by parts of Florida due to Hermine, man-made objects will likely be an easy target for the mosquitoes. Mosquito eggs can stick to containers and remain attached until scrubbed off. Eggs can potentaially survive even if they are dried out up to 8 months. It also takes only one week once hatched for new mosquitoes to become adults.
Regarding mosquito prevention, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends:
- Remove standing water from all types of containers.
- If you cannot get rid of the water source, scrub the inside to get rid of the eggs.
- Nothing is too small. Mosquitoes can lay eggs in objects as small as a bottle cap. So pay close attention to all debris that may hold mosquito eggs.