DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - It is one of the most irritating things to happen while enjoying a picnic outdoors.
"I've been itching it all day," said 8-year-old Evan during a family picnic.
With the warm temperatures and wet weather, mosquitoes are sure to come.
It can make a family trip to the park frustrating if not protected.
"We've been trying fabric softener sheets and rubbing them all over us," said Jennifer Powers.
Health officials are urging people to take those precautions seriously after the West Nile virus was found in mosquitoes at Wezergyn Gardens.
With federal funding cut for mosquito testing, local health departments are on their own.
"There were 26 contributors to the mosquito testing last year," said Tom Hut with the Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County. "In 2013, only four local health districts are testing mosquitos in Ohio."
Hut said it costs Public Health about $2,000 for mosquito testing.
That is money they do not have budgeted.
But after federal dollars were cut to state health departments, the only way Public Health can test for the West Nile virus is by collecting it themselves.
Hut said it is imperative for people to be proactive to stop the spread of the virus.
"You need to eliminate standing water," said Hut. "That's in pools, abandoned pools, gutters and downspouts, anything that collects water on your property that can breed mosquitoes."
Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County will be spraying at Wegerzyn Gardens on Wednesday night after the park closes.
Health officials ask people to prevent mosquito bites by wearing light-colored clothing, bug spray, and spending time outside between dusk and dawn.
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