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Posted on: September 7, 2017

Mosquito Season Reminders

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Although the weather is getting cooler, mosquito season isn’t over and it will typically continue throughout September and even into October. This also means that West Nile virus (WNV) continues to be present within the community. With the recent human cases of WNV showing up, Columbus Public Health, Worthington's health agency, reminds residents to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases by taking a few precautions when outdoors.

  • Use an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET (follow package directions)
  • Limit outdoor activity at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active
  • If you are outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, be sure to wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks
  • Wear light-colored clothing, which is less attractive to mosquitoes

Residents are also encouraged to do their part to combat mosquitoes by removing standing water on their property. Mosquitoes need standing water to breed and anything that holds even a small amount of water for a few days provides the perfect breeding site. 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. Many mosquitoes stay very close to their juvenile habitat when they emerge as adults, and the females look for hosts to bite nearby.

Here are a few simple suggestions that can make a big difference:

  • Empty, remove, cover or turn over any container that has the potential to hold water
  • Treat your rain barrels every month with Mosquito Dunks ®
  • Put toys away or empty any water that has collected in the toy
  • Properly dispose of old tires or drill a hole in the bottom of your tire swing
  • Dump out water in planters and pots including saucers and catch trays
  • Empty bird baths or change water weekly
  • Empty and refill your 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
  • Remove any water that has collected on boats, boat covers and tarps
  • Discard or recycle old buckets, cans, bottles and plastic containers
  • Use tight fitting lids on trash cans and keep them covered
  • Remind or help neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their property

Columbus Public Health continues to trap mosquitoes, treat standing water and spray in area neighborhoods to protect our residents. To report a problem, call 3-1-1. 

Additional Information from Columbus Public Health
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