Metro Health Department Keeping Watch On Mosquito Population

Metro Health Department Keeping Watch On Mosquito Population

CREATED Jun 4, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It has been a mild mosquito season so far this year, but that could change after Wednesday night’s heavy rain.

Though the rain will likely wash away most of the mosquitoes that are in your yard right now, the problem comes after the rain, when there's new water for the insects to grow.

Water fountains and bird baths can often be the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, but not in Tom Gober's garden.

"I put bleach. I put about half a cup of bleach in each one of them whenever I change the water," he said.

Not far from Gober's house, the Metro Public Health Department has also been keeping an eye on the mosquito population. John Pico has set up 15 mosquito traps throughout the city.

Pico said he's always looking for a specific type mosquito.

"Kulix pipians mosquitoes that's what you're looking for those are the carriers for the West Nile virus," he said.

While he hasn't caught any yet, and the mosquito population is still relatively low, Pico said it's too early to let your guard down.

In 2013, 32 batches of mosquitoes tested positive for the West Nile Virus, with four human cases reported in Davidson County -- the most human cases ever reported.

Pico recommended keeping an eye on your property and take care of any standing water.

Mosquito season started back in April and runs through October or until the first freeze of the season.