Visalia Cemetary undergoes cleanup following mosquito infestation

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VISALIA, California (KSEE/KGPE) – The Visalia Public Cemetery District will be undergoing clean-up efforts to eliminate mosquito breeding due to an increasing infestation.

Officials are asking the public to take precautions and avoid leaving any standing water in the area while the clean-up is taking place.

Some of these precautions include filling flower vases with sand, kitty litter or super absorbent polyacrylamide or turning them over to eliminate any standing water.

Removing any paper, plastic, or foil from flowers has also been asked of the public by cemetery officials, and that the Pavilion parking lot will have sand available on site for those who need any for their flowers.

The public has also been asked to not leave balloons since they can deflate and hold water too.

Cemetery officials say the Delta Vector Control District will aid in the cleanup; anything left at the site that is deemed unsafe, breakable, and anything that may pose a landscaping or mowing safety hazard will be removed.

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