Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Green Pools and Mosquito Eating Fish

Once in a while, the software vendor who provides our local area MLS uses a popup window to provide Relators and others using the MLS software with what they think is critical information. The info is rarely interesting but usually useful. Today it was both.

It's probably no surprise that green pools are becoming a hazard around the Valley. The number of foreclosures, lender-owned, and otherwise uncared for vacant homes with icky pools is growing. Green pools are breeding grounds for mosquitos, which are carriers of the West Nile Virus.

Maricopa County Vector Conrol (I'd have thought it was Pest Control or even Animal Control, but it seems not) has a hotline for information. Plus they have mosquito eating fish to stock your neighborhood green pool with. From the press release:

"Drain the pools or use mosquito eating fish at foreclosed homes and help Maricopa County "Fight the Bite". Standing water attracts mosquitoes, and non-operational decorative ponds and "green pools" can dangerously become potential mosquito breeding grounds. This year, Maricopa County recorded it's first confirmed case of West Nile Virus in a human in March. That was the first identified case in the nation for 2008. Contact the Maricopa County Vector Control office to pick up Gambusia fish, a door hanger and fence sign stating the pool has been treated with mosquito eating fish. Then report the treated pool to the County. For assistance or more information on West Nile Virus, please contact Vector Control at 602-506-0701 or visit Maricopa County's West Nile Virus website."

However, see also this website, which claims that Gambusia fish are a nuisance in their own right. Me? I'm worried about fishies "breathing" chlorinated water. Hope Vector Control has thought of that. By the way, I'm also concerned about the County's press release writer. I edited the paragraph for run-on sentences, mis-used commas, and noun-verb disagreement before posting it. But then again, I'm weird like that.

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