Cemeteries and Mosquitoes

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Lincoln cemeteries and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department have reached an agreement on regulations regarding flowers and vases at gravesites.

Vases with standing water had drawn the attention of the health department because of the threat of mosquitoes this summer. The Health Department worries that mosquitoes would use the water as a breeding ground, thus increasing the risk of West Nile.

The Health Department recommends packing silk flowers in Styrofoam or real flowers in wet foam. The foam should completely pack the vase so water can't collect.

Flowers that aren't packed in this manner should be removed because of the increased mosquito risk.