In the past decade, mosquito borne viruses such as West Nile, Dengue Fever and Airborne Encephalitis have made their way into the United States causing several illnesses and deaths. Recently, a new virus called Chikungunya has been discovered in the southeastern part of the U.S. The Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species of mosquitoes have mainly resided in Asia and Africa.
The first case of Chikungunya in the U.S. was reported in Florida. Typical symptoms include a fever and joint pain similar to West Nile and Dengue Fever symptoms. Unfortunately, there are no medications or vaccinations for the Chikungunya virus. Public health agencies and stormwater management officials urge people to avoid areas with standing water and use mosquito repellent in environments where mosquitoes are most prevalent.
The mosquito can breed in as little as 72 hours in warm weather. In Arizona, Maricopa County guidelines for the disposal of the standing water utilize a safety factor of two, or the half-life of the mosquito, which is a mandatory limit of 36 hours in which retention basins and parking lots must drain stormwater off the surface. Contact our Design Team to discuss how you can eliminate stormwater off the surface within County guidelines utilizing our MaxWell line of drywells.
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality highly recommends annual inspection of all stormwater structures to help prevent any flooding issues that may arise or long standing water issues attracting mosquitoes. Contact our Service & Maintenance Team to request a complimentary drainage inspection of your Arizona or California property or community.
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