Standing Water May Be Hazardous To Your Health

By Ramonica R. Jones

The plastic bags you get from your favorite grocery store are tacky when they're littered on the side of the road, but if you look a little closer...they're also a breeding ground for disease.

Terry Free, Angelina County & Cities Health District Environmental Supervisor, says, "One of the main water-born diseases that we really need to look out for, mainly out in the rural areas, is Hepatitis. And I say the rural areas, because of possible malfunctioning sewer systems or surfacing sewer systems."

If there's standing water around your home that you can't get rid of, there's still plenty you can do to get rid of mosquitos.

"Make sure you don't have any spare or used tires that may be holding water," Free says. "Maybe unused flower pots that are sitting around holding water; checking bird baths, making sure they're not holding stagnant or stale water. If you have any other standing water in your area, you can take a regular household bleach and pour it in there and kill off any kind of larva as well."

If you're worried about your pets ingesting the bleach, you can also use pesticides instead. Pesticides kill the pests, but they're safe for animals.