Tires can fill with water which can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, especially those that carry West Nile Virus. There hasn’t been any record of the virus this year in southern Oregon, but it has been recorded in eastern Oregon and northern California. Jim Lunders with the vector district says the disposal event is meant to help prevent it.
“It hasn’t rained for months, a huge percentage of the tires we’ll get in will have water in them and almost all those that have water will have mosquito larvae in them,” Lunders said.
Last year, the district collected and disposed of about 13,000 tires. The tire disposal event is August 15-17th at Vector Control on 555 Mosquito Lane. It’s only open to Jackson county residents, so you’ll need to show an I.D. or utility bill when you arrive. For more information visit their website at jcvcd.org.
Devin Gooden graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a Master’s degree in Sports Journalism.
She has spent most of her life in Atlanta, Georgia and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in Business Management.
When she’s not reporting, Devin practices yoga, reads thriller novels and loudly cheers for her beloved Georgia Bulldawgs.