Accompanying plentiful rain is plentiful grass, plentiful weeds and last but not least, plentiful mosquitoes.
Betty Chew, director of community services, is encouraging citizens to keep an eye out for standing water that could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Chew’s suggestion for citizens is to inspect property after every rain to make sure there are no places for mosquitoes to thrive.
Dump outside animal water bowls and fill them with fresh water daily, she said, and make sure bird baths are washed out and not allowed to become stagnant. Chew said sometimes children’s toys are harboring water so turn wagons and other items upside down so they don’t catch rain.
Chew said the city has a health and sanitation ordinance that requires grass and weeds to be no higher than 10 inches. But she said the city realizes that people may need extra time to mow so if a citizen receives a registered letter that requires compliance they can contact her office should they not be able to take care of the nuisance.
“If they are having a problem we will offer some kind of an extension,” Chew said. “We know with wet weather it’s taking longer.”
The high grass will also provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes and rodents so it’s important to mow at the first opportunity, she said.
Chew said she just authorized some contract mowing for the city last week.
“Fortunately, we’ve been able to keep up,” Chew said