TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – They’re more than just a buzzing, biting nuisance, they also carry disease.
Officials at Miami County Public Health say they’re seeing a lot more infectious mosquitoes than usual, confirming West Nile Virus was detected in mosquitoes at Troy’s Kensington Park and Tipp City’s Kyle Park.
“We’re getting a lot of them,” Miami County Public Health Commissioner Dennis Propes said. “A lot of mosquitoes and a lot of West Nile positive pools throughout the state.”
Experts say aside from an itchy bite, most people infected with West Nile virus won’t even know they have it.
“About 80 per cent of the people will display no symptoms whatsoever,” Propes said. “So they won’t even get sick.”
If you do get symptoms – they’ll tend to be flu-like: things like fevers and body aches.
City officials are taking steps to get rid of the infectious bugs – fogging streets and spraying pesticides.
As for residents… the best way to protect yourself from West Nile virus: Use insect repellent; Avoid going outside from dusk to dawn; Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants, outside; Use screens on windows and doors; And be sure to tip over any containers that hold standing water – that’s where mosquitoes breed.
“The mosquito breeding area can be anything from an empty pop can to a flower pot, bird bath, that hasn’t been maintained,” Propes said. “Anything that can hold water can breed mosquitoes.”