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West Nile Virus unseen prevention tip: Keep your eavestrough clean!

As mosquitoes deliver the deadly West Nile Virus, the key is to reduce the mosquito’s breeding areas of standing water. Above your head at your roof line are gutters with standing water in them if they are clogged. An easy way to reduce the mosquito population is to clean out your gutters and downspouts.

The most recognizable way that summer has descended upon us once again is the reappearance of the pesky mosquito. This year the insect appears with something much scarier than its normal bite though, this year we see West Nile Virus (WNV), a deadly disease being carried in this seemingly harmless insect. There is currently no vaccine against WNV, but there are steps that can be taken to prevent mosquitoes from rallying around your home. Beside the normal precautions of wearing long sleeves and pants as well as using repellents that contain DEET, they’re other steps that are usually over looked.

Mosquitoes look for breeding grounds in standing water. To avoid helping mosquitoes breed in your environment the Center for Disease Control along with the National Biological Infrastructure suggest several ways to remove standing water you may not even think about. Flowerpots, pet bowls, swimming pool covers as well as your gutters should be cleaned on a regular basis.

Team Maxima Aluminum, believes that standing water in gutters and eaves troughs can be a major contributor to WNV, as well. There are many preventive steps that can be taken to reduce the breeding opportunities of these infected mosquitoes.

Your gutters and eavestroughs can be filled with debris that make for the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes. With autumn right around the corner, leaves along with other debris will be finding a home within your gutters. If you don’t look for it, you probably will miss this opportunity to reduce the mosquito’s’ breeding grounds.

There are several ways to prevent clogged gutters. By leaf proofing your gutters and installing big mouth gutter outlets, your problems with clogged gutters will be reduced, if not eliminated. If you do not feel comfortable up on a ladder or on your roof, our crew can do this work for you. Maxima Aluminum was founded to promote the professionals who specialize in this kind of work. A clean rain carrying system will not only reduce the mosquito breeding grounds, but also help your gutter system work properly.

WNV first discovered in 1937, in Uganda has spread to the United States and Canada.

Mosquitoes in Toronto have tested positive for the West Nile virus, public health officials say.
It is the first positive result for the virus in the city this year, Toronto Public Health said Friday.
Lab tests have also shown mosquitoes with the virus in both Windsor, Ont., and Peel region.
The positive test result is a good reminder for people to protect themselves from mosquito bites, and reduce mosquito breeding grounds by draining standing water around the home, the department said.

Toronto has 43 mosquito traps throughout the city and sends mosquitoes for laboratory testing every week.

Larvicides are also used in catch basins to reduce the city’s mosquito population.
The risk of becoming infected with West Nile virus is low and symptoms are usually mild, such as fever, headache, body aches, sometimes skin rash and swollen lymph glands. Sometimes the virus can cause severe illness, resulting in hospitalization and occasionally death.
Mosquitoes spread the virus after feeding on blood from infected birds.

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