Mosquito season has arrived in time for the holiday weekend

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–Memorial Day weekend is a good time to remove any standing water from your back yard, because mosquito breeding season has arrived with the warmer weather.

Preventive measures can avoid allergic reactions to bites that are not uncommon. Wearing long pants and long sleeves in the early morning late evening sharply reduces your risk of a bite, along with approved mosquito repellants, when applied properly.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, mosquitoes are major disease vectors, even though only a few of the 59 species found in Ohio are capable of transmitting disease.

Mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus, La Crosse encephalitis, and heartworm in dogs are among several virus agents transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito in the region.

Columbus Public Health will be setting up mosquito traps at 80 sites around Columbus and Worthington by mid-June to determine where to spray for mosquitoes, based on pools that test positive for West Nile virus.

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