Our unusually warm spring weather has encouraged early plant growth and in some cases, a population explosion of an unpopular pest. During a site visit to one of the City’s Community Gardens in late February, thousands of mosquitoes were discovered breeding in a just a few puddles formed on top of black plastic – a popular cover that many gardeners use to blanket their plots for the winter. These resourceful insects don’t need much to set up home base. Standing water is a favorite location to lay larvae where they can feed on tiny organisms until they are mature enough to venture out.
Mosquitos have a well-earned reputation for their ability to spread disease such as West Nile Virus. To eliminate their breeding grounds, look around for common places they tend to congregate. Empty water from containers such as flower pots, birdbaths, pet water dishes, cans, gutters, tires and If you see public places such as parks where standing water is a concern, call 541-682-4800 to alert the City of Eugene.