With the start of mosquito season in Southern Nevada, the public can help eliminate the blight and health hazards of green pools by reporting them to local code enforcement agencies. If you are located in unincorporated Clark County, call (702) 455-4191 or file a complaint through the county’s website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/FixIt.
Green pools are pools that have been neglected for so long that their water has turned green due to algae and bacteria. Green pools, ponds and other stagnant bodies of water can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, which can carry serious diseases such as West Nile and Zika viruses. Last year, the county responded to 168 complaints about green pools.
“Green pools are not only ugly, but also breeding grounds for mosquitoes,” said Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick, a member of the Southern Nevada Health District Health Board. “Responding to complaints about green pools is a priority because they endanger the public health of our community. You can also prevent mosquitoes outside your home by making sure there is no water collecting in planters, buckets or drip systems or leaking sprinklers.
Mosquito activity tends to increase in southern Nevada during the warmer months, but varies from year to year. Seasonal efforts to eliminate green pools provide fewer opportunities for mosquitoes to breed, which can reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases. In 2019, the health district reported 43 cases of West Nile virus in the county; one case was reported in 2020; and none were reported in 2021. Health officials say even small amounts of standing water can promote mosquito breeding. Tips for “fighting the bite” are on the health district website at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org. Suggestions include:
- Avoid spending time outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially at dawn and dusk.
- Outside, use insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or lemon eucalyptus oil.
- Wear long-sleeved pants and shirts when outdoors, and spray repellent on clothing and exposed skin.
- Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens with no tears or holes.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing superior service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the 11e-the largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors per year (2019). Included are the 7 of the natione– Busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the largest public hospital in the state, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million people in the unincorporated area. These include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.