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Posted on: April 22, 2017

Mosquito Prevention Information

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Mosquito season has arrived and both Franklin County and Columbus Public Health are already hard at work treating standing water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. “Anything that holds even a small amount of water for a few days is a perfect place for mosquitoes to breed,” said Joe Mazzola, Franklin County Health Commissioner. “Once eggs are laid, a new crop of mosquitoes can hatch, grow and emerge from the water as adults in as little as one week.”

Residents can help public health combat mosquitoes with a few simple steps: 

  • Empty, remove, cover or turn over containers that can hold water.
  • Treat rain barrels every month with Mosquito Dunks.
  • Change the water in wading pools weekly and store indoors when not in use.
  • Properly dispose of old tires.
  • Empty planters and bird baths often.
  • Empty and refill pets’ watering dishes daily.
  • Use sand to plug holes in trees where water can collect.
  • Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets.
  • Make sure gutters and downspouts are free of leaves and debris, and are properly draining.
  • Drain or fill low areas on your property that hold water for more than five days.
  • Remind or help neighbors eliminate breeding sites on their property. 

 “Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as Zika and West Nile, so it’s important to eliminate standing water as soon as possible to reduce their growth,” says Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Teresa Long. “What residents do today will be critical to the number of mosquitoes in our community this summer.”

Additionally, residents can protect themselves by using insect repellent containing DEET, wearing protective clothing at dawn or dusk, and repairing window screens in order to reduce their risk.

If mosquito fogging does become necessary, Worthington will alert residents on our website and through our e-newsletter.

Additional Information from Columbus Public Health
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