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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
2003-06-20 opinion
Only you can prevent the West Nile Virus
Scott Perry
If it ain't one thing, it's another.

A pretty lousy winter was followed by a pretty devastating flood that was followed by an unusually wet spring that resulted in some more flood devastation.

What's next?

Well, the sun is supposed to come out for a few days, which will be something different ó especially if it shines for two or more days in a row (knock on wood).

We probably won't even care if some persistent sunshine on our deep-soaked terra-squisha steams up the region for a while, we've missed the sun so desperately.

But, it won't take much of a toasting to send us right back into a state of misery.

A little sun will work wonders on our soggy terrain, that's true, but it will also incubate swarms of bugs, including those hateful, blood-sucking, West Nile Virus carrying mosquitoes we've been spared of, so far.

Hopefully the first hint of extended sunshine will send health and agricultural officials out en masse to treat the mosquito breeding grounds, but you can help eradicate what most certainly will be an overwhelming crop of the critters this year, too.

Squirt a little dishwashing liquid in standing pools (not creeks or streams) and kill a batch of mosquitoes for your fellow man. A jug of Clorox will work, too, in larger puddles.

The only good mosquito is a dead mosquito.

Pass it on.

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