CLINTONVILLE (WCMH) — Central Ohio has confirmed its first two case of West Nile in mosquito traps this summer.
Columbus Public Health officials tell NBC4 two pools of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile in the Northland and Clintonville neighborhoods.
“As soon as we are notified that there is a positive pool of mosquitoes, then we deploy our team to go spray,” said Jose Rodriquez, Director of Public Affairs and Communications at Columbus Public Health.
Spraying in those neighborhoods would take place next week.
In the meantime, residents in the area are noticing where more and more mosquito are showing up.
Pete Gelpi says the bike trail and urban wildlife management area along the Olentangy River in Clintonville Park.
“What was once green grass is now overgrown brush and wildlife habitats that are mosquito breeding grounds,” said Gelpi.
“We have 81 traps located all over the city those traps are moved on a day-to-day basis. Those mosquitoes are then tested for West Nile,” Rodriguez says.
The health department says residents should not be alarmed.
The city saw about 20,000 infected mosquitoes last year. So far, this summer they are only seeing half that. But this is still a perfect reminder on why you need to take steps to protect yourself and your family from mosquito exposure.
“Standing water is a big problem with mosquitoes,” says Michael Lynch, Director of Operations at Schreiner ACE Hardware. “There are things that are in your yard already that has standing water, swimming pools, birdbaths and once it rains it get puddles.”
One way you can protect your home is it always make sure your screen doors are in good shape.
And while you are out enjoying the nice weather remember to always put on your insect repellent.
“We recommend a spray, Deep Woods Off. It’s really good it has DEET in it,” says Lynch.
DEET works by making it hard for mosquitoes to smell you, leaving you bite free.
To help protect residents, city officials will spray for mosquitoes in Clintonville and Northland next week.
To avoid possible infection from mosquito bites:
Avoid outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active; if you must be outdoors, be sure to wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, shoes and socks. Light colors are least attractive to mosquitoes. Use insect repellent and follow the label directions.
To eliminate mosquito breeding sites near your home:
Remove all discarded tires and other water-holding containers, such as tin cans and unused flower pots, from your property. Eliminate standing water from your property. Make sure all roof gutters are clean and properly draining. Clean and chlorinate pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty when not in use and drain water from pool covers. Change water in bird baths weekly.