News Release

 

 

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Trap Counts are low and they do not warrant spraying in all areas. But still be prepared for some spraying in your area.

Changes are being made for the rest of the “mosquito season” concerning the nightly spray schedule for the Mosquito Abatement District for the towns of Barberton and Norton.  In Norton, Ward 4 will be sprayed on Wednesday of the scheduled spray week. All other areas of Norton will be sprayed on the regular Thursday schedule. In Barberton, Ward 1 and parts of Ward 2 will be sprayed on Wednesdays of the scheduled spray week. All other areas of Barberton will be sprayed on the regular Thursday schedule. 

Also, as of August 16, 2019 there have been no human cases of the West Nile Virus in the state of Ohio. There have been 150 positive mosquito pools across the state so far. This compares to approximately 2000 positive results last year at this time. In the Mosquito Abatement district there has been 7 positive results found as compared to 30 at this time last year. This year’s positives have been found in Barberton’s Wards 1 -2 -3 -4 and 5 and were found in traps from July 23 - August 9. When positive results are found we target these areas up to 1/2 mile surrounding the trap sites with extra surveillance and treatment. The district thus far has trapped 26,608 mosquitoes for testing. Across Ohio confirmed human cases of the following has been found. LaCrosse Encephalitis - 3 males with a median age of 6 years in Portage and Franklin Counties. (Travel Related cases in Ohio Malaria - 32, Dengue - 3 and Chikungunya - 5.

Please Help!

 

  Let’s all work together to help prevent a large outbreak of adult mosquitoes which MAY happen due to the recent heavy rains which caused many areas in the mosquito abatement district to flood. The key is to not let mosquito eggs hatch and you can do this by eliminating items that hold stagnant water for more than 3 or 4 days.

 

  Check around your home for tree holes, old tires, gutters, bird baths, buckets, toys and swimming pools which can become stagnant. These are just a few of the items which can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Also drain or fill in low lying depressions.

 

  Why is this so important? A few of the diseases mosquitoes spread are West Nile Virus, LaCrosse Encephalitis, Dengue Fever, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and Saint Louis Encephalitis are some we need to be concerned about. Fever, headache, fatigue and just general discomfort are some common symptoms of many of these terrible diseases but you need to receive a diagnosis from a doctor to properly identify the disease. And let’s not forget our pets because they too can receive various diseases from mosquitoes such as heartworm and horses have been diagnosed with West Nile Virus. Pets, including horses can be vaccinated to help prevent these mosquito borne diseases but unfortunately humans cannot.

 

  If you notice an increase in mosquito activities be sure and notify the Mosquito Abatement District at 330-848-2623. Check our website for updates at www.mosquitodistrict.com and articles on mosquitoes. Watch the videos provided as you may be surprised what the effects mosquitoes can have on your health and also just being able to enjoy your outdoor activities. Remember, the MAD is here to protect your health and the environment. Our Operations Manager, Russ Shilling and Lead Field Technician, Gary Croft, along with all of our field technicians, thanks all in advance for helping!

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