June 28, 2006
Local health officials are worried that the torrential rain in our area will cause mosquitoes to breed.
Usually July and August are the worst months for mosquitoes and the heavy rain our area has had the past few days doesn't help either.
Health Department officials said standing water in low lying areas is the perfect place for mosquito to form. Most of the eggs are lying dormant, just waiting for some water to hatch. Officials said mosquitoes can breed just about anywhere there is even a little bit of water.
"These areas that are most susceptible to become good breeding grounds for mosquitoes are not necessarily large bodies of water, or the streams or creeks, but rather in your backyard. [They really only need] about an inch of water of less," said Roy Crewz, of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Health Department.
Officials warn that the more mosquitoes there are, the more likely they will transmit diseases such as West Nile. Though this disease rarely causes death, it is still capable of causing serious health problems.
So far, 16 states have found mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus and 5 people are battling the illness.