Public Utilities District
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Invasive species constitute one of the most serious economic, social, and environmental threats of the 21st century. Invasive species management and awareness across the nation has significantly increased over the last 5 years, whereas, only in the last couple of years has invasive species management been a concern in a majority of Indian Country.
Nationally, invasive species are a growing concern for many Tribes, however, it is difficult for many Tribes to develop programs to properly combat the invading species.
What are Noxious Weeds and why are they bad? Noxious Weeds can harm the environment, keep good plants away, make an area look ugly, and hurt people and animals.
So how do we keep Noxious Weeds away? By using "Integrated Weed Management" which means that you pull weeds, put chemicals on weeds, and/or use other animals to kill the weeds.
West Nile Virus (WNV)
West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can cuase illness in humans. WNV had only been found in Africa, Europe, and Asia prior to 1999 when it first appeared in the United States in New York City. Studies have shown that normally only a small percentage of humans infected with the virus will show symptoms of disease. The disease resulting from WNV infection is called "West Nile Fever" or "West Nile encephalitis."
WNV is transmitted primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. In the United States, the common house mosquito (Culex pipiens) is considered to be the principal vector species that is capable of transmitting the virus between birds and humans. This species breeds in large numbers in urban areas of Reno and Sparks in the foul water of storm drain catch basins.
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