Here’s why the number of Merced County ‘neglected pools’ could bring more mosquitoes

From The Merced Sun-Star
April 11, 2018

If mosquitoes are hovering over your green swimming pool, it’s time to drain the water for the good of the community, abatement officials said.

The Merced County Abatement District recently took aerial photographs to see if and how many neglected swimming pools there are in the county, according to a news release.

Officials found that there were 1,679 neglected swimming pools in Merced County that could be ripe breeding grounds for mosquitoes that may carry West Nile Virus and St. Louis Encephalitis Virus, the release states.

“This is the first time Merced County Mosquito Abatement District has used aerial photography to assess the neglected swimming pool situation,” said General Manager Rhiannon Jones, noting the number of pools was much higher than expected.

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