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Colorado Mosquito Control Reminds People to Cover Rain Barrels

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Coloradoans are now allowed to collect rainwater, thanks to a new law. But the district manager for Colorado Mosquito Control in Montezuma County, Jason Carruth, warns rain barrels can become mosquito breeding grounds and sources of disease.

Though Zika-carrying mosquitoes don’t live in the area, the Durango Herald reports 18 mosquitoes caught in Durango last week were carrying West Nile. Carruth says it’s a real concern.

"I do know of one case that we highly suspect of West Nile that came probably  six or seven years ago, and we suspect it came from a rain barrel that wasn't being used," he says. 

Carruth says to put mesh or a lid over your rainwater and use it promptly.

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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