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Metro Neighborhood Checked For Mosquito Breeding Grounds

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mosquitoes have started creeping in on evening activities. Now with recent findings of West Nile in our area, the Metro Public Health Department wants to make sure residents are protected.

On Saturday, Metro Health officials went door to door in one Goodlettsville neighborhood that's had problems with mosquitoes and West Nile in the past. 22 mosquitoes tested positive last year for West Nile in Goodlettsville. Representatives went to more than 50 homes near Gateway Elementary School on Saturday checking for possible mosquito breeding grounds. 

This all came on the heels of a confirmed case of West Nile in a mosquito in Bellevue, and another confirmed case in the Bordeaux area earlier this month. 

Officials said puddles and other standing water attract mosquitoes, but there are a lot of places that water can be that people might not think about, including pet bowls and flower pots. The health department said they want people to protect their homes, and also their skin.

"The kind of mosquitoes we're looking for are evening and night biters, so you'll want to wear long pants and long sleeves," said Brent Hager with the Metro Public Health Department.

Hager warned any kind of debris can backup in your neighborhood drainage system and cause water to be trapped, creating a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

 

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