Some of our clients have asked us recently:
“My neighbor’s pool is unmaintained. Should I be concerned about mosquitoes and the Zika virus?”
The truth is that unmaintained swimming pools can become a dangerous source of mosquitos, among other health problems.
Neighborhoods that have green pools are at higher risk for increased Zika virus activity, since the type of mosquito that most commonly develops in these pools are the same ones capable of transmitting the Zika virus.
Zika virus has been linked to brain damage in newborns and temporary paralysis.
Standing water is where mosquitoes lay their eggs and a green unmaintained pool is the perfect place for them. So keep your family and neighborhood safe by reporting unmaintained pools to the local authorities.
If your swimming pool is green or unmaintained, please contact Family Pool Cleaning today (954-709-4292) to discuss your pool needs. We offer free estimates on green to clean treatments, acid wash, pool repairs and weekly maintenance.
Green pools should be reported to Broward County’s Environmental Health Department (954-467-4700) or by contacting your city’s code enforcement department directly (http://www.broward.org/Streets/Administration/Pages/CityCodeEnforcementContacts.aspx)
You can also report an unmaintained pool by calling 311, and you can remain anonymous. Remember it takes weeks before the city can act, so report it sooner rather than later.
The best protection from mosquito-transmitted diseases is to avoid exposure to mosquitoes:
1. Keep windows closed
2. Dress in long-sleeved and light-colored clothing in a known mosquito-infested area
3. Apply insect repellent
4. Inspect your yards and drains. Dispose any standing water.
If you need mosquito spraying, please contact Broward County Mosquito control Department at 954-765-4062 or visit their website for more information:
CDC sounds warning on Zika virus http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/04/11/scarier-than-we-initially-thought-
Short Answers to hard Questions About Zika Virus: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/health/what-is-zika-virus.html
Areas with Zika: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/
Zika is coming: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/09/opinion/zika-is-coming.html?_r=1
Miami, Facing Risk of Zika with resolve but limited resources: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/02/health/zika-virus-miami-florida-mosquitoes.html?mwrsm=Email