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Report Standing Water

Monitoring and surveillance of standing water sites are an important part of the West Nile virus program in Halton.

Residents can play an active role in this by calling the Health Department to report any areas in their community with standing water. Any areas with standing water have the potential develop into breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

To report standing water, please contact the Health Department at:

  • 905-825-6000
  • Toll free: 1-866-4HALTON (1-866-442-5866)
  • TTY 905-827-9833

Does the Health Department collect dead birds?

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How can I safely dispose of the dead bird?

There are 2 ways to safely dispose of dead birds:

  1. Bury the carcass approximately 2 feet deep in a flowerbed or other area where it will not be disturbed, but not in a vegetable garden.
  2. Double bag the bird in sealed plastic bags and place in the garbage for pickup. The easiest way to do this is to either:
    • Place the bird in the bag using a garden trowel then tie off the top.
    • Place your gloved hand within the two bags, grab onto the bird, bring the rest of the bag down around the bird, and then tie off the top.
    • Place the bag in the garbage.

When handling dead birds:

  • Use gloves, not bare hands
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, or use a hand sanitizer.

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Why does the Health Department want to know about areas with standing water?

  • Mosquitoes  lay their eggs in standing water.
  • The adult culex pipiens (common house mosquito), the breed most commonly associated with West Nile virus, requires only an inch of standing water to lay its eggs.
  • For this reason, it is important to remove mosquito breeding sites from around your home and in the community.
  • By reporting areas of standing water to Halton Region, the Health Department can investigate to determine if the standing water has mosquito larvae present.
  • If larvae are detected, the Health Department may use different options to prevent the mosquitoes from breeding (for example, emptying the water or treating the water with larvicide).

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