Vacant homes can become breeding grounds for mosquitos

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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Add this to the list of problems created by the mortgage crisis: more mosquitoes.
Health officials in the Washington area say foreclosed homes are becoming breeding grounds for the insects.
Mike Cantwell, of the Maryland Department of Agriculture, predicts the problem will get worse this summer as pools, bird baths, wheel barrows and flower pots at vacant properties fill up with water.
Fairfax County Health

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Add this to the list of problems created by the mortgage crisis: more mosquitoes.

Health officials in the Washington area say foreclosed homes are becoming breeding grounds for the insects.

Mike Cantwell, of the Maryland Department of Agriculture, predicts the problem will get worse this summer as pools, bird baths, wheel barrows and flower pots at vacant properties fill up with water.

Fairfax County Health Department Supervisor Jorge Arias says homeowners who abandon properties create additional breeding grounds by taking everything out of their house and leaving items in the yard.

The issue is a serious health concern because some types of mosquitoes can transmit West Nile virus.

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