Please take a few minutes to watch the video below. Many do not know of the devastating affects West Nile Virus can have on a person and their loved ones.
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With the recent rainfall we have experienced and with the forecast predicting more will be coming in the week(s) ahead due to the tropical storms in the Atlantic Ocean, there is a possibility it could increase the mosquito population in all areas. Also in the forecast the temperatures will be rising back into the 80’s. Unfortunately for us humans this is what the mosquitoes love. When they lay their eggs in water and the water evaporates before the eggs can hatch they may lay dormant for several years. When rain water comes again, and they again are lying in the water for 3 to 7 days, they will hatch. This is why heavy rains and flooding increase the mosquito population.
Everyone can help by making sure any item that may hold water for more than 3 days be drained. This includes items as small as caps from a water bottle, tires, children’s swimming pools and more. A mosquito can lay up to 400 eggs in a bottle cap!
If you notice water not draining or evaporating in places which does not normally hold water for that long of a period, please notify our office at 330-848-2623 and we will investigate and treat the problem to prevent mosquitoes from hatching and becoming adults. Just leave your name and address in a message.
Also, a reminder to use a mosquito repellent, which contains 25% DEET for adults and 10% for children, when outdoors during the times mosquitoes are most active. The state of Ohio is experiencing a larger than normal West Nile Virus outbreak in mosquitoes this summer season. Plus, 14 humans have the West Nile Virus not including 2 blood donors who were found to have it. Also, LaCrosse Encephalitis is unfortunately on the rise. This mainly affects young children and the elderly. 11 humans have the virus and they range in the ages of 3 to 17 years of age.
Operations Manager: Mosquito Abatement District
The primary way people get West Nile virus is through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people who become infected with West Nile virus do not have any symptoms. About one in five people who become infected develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Less than 1 percent of infected people develop a serious neurologic illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues). There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent West Nile virus infection.
Here are some tips to avoid mosquito bites:
•If you are outdoors between dusk and dawn 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.
•Use EPA-registered mosquito repellent and follow the label directions.
•Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
Here are some tips to eliminate mosquito breeding sites around your home:
•Eliminate standing water.
•Empty or remove water-holding containers, such as buckets, unused flower pots and bird baths.
•Make sure all roof gutters are clean and draining properly.
•Keep child wading pools empty and on their sides when not being used.
Learn more about mosquitoes and West Nile virus on the ODH website at www.odh.ohio.gov/wnv.
The Barberton Norton Mosquito Abatement District and the Center for Disease Control recommends the most effective way to avoid West Nile virus disease is to prevent mosquito bites. Be aware of the West Nile virus activity in your area and take action to protect yourself and your family.
Avoid Mosquito Bites
•Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. To optimize safety and effectiveness, repellents should be used according to the label instructions.
•When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection. Don’t apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.
•Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.
Mosquito-Proof Your Home
•Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside. Use your air conditioning, if you have it.
•Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.