Baldwinsville Codes Corner

Remove growth, garbage to reduce mosquito threat

— The ‘buzz’ word everywhere right now is mosquitoes. We have had quite a bit of rain this month and it seems the little pests are everywhere. Not only do they bite and itch, but now they are carrying two very real and very serious viruses – Triple ‘E’ or Eastern Equine Encephalitis and the West Nile Virus. Here in Central New York we have felt their sting in Oswego County and now they are here in Onondaga County.

As part of the Property Maintenance Code of New York State it is required that we keep our properties “free from weeds (grass) or plant growth in excess of ten inches (254 mm).” Also, it requires that we keep our properties “free from any accumulation of rubbish or garbage.”

Eliminating these conditions, which allow for the collection of water and the harboring of pests, will help eliminate the places where mosquitoes live and breed. It will also help to keep away other pests like rodents and skunks.

Gregg Humphrey is the village of Baldwinsville’s codes enforcement officer. To contact him, call 635-2481, email ghumphrey@baldwinsville.org or visit baldwinsville.org.

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