Mosquitoes found with West Nile virus in 3 Ohio counties, Clark County begins misting

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CLARK COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Many believe Winter determines mosquito population, but the insects reproduce quicker than that, which means warmer, wetter Springs – more mosquitoes.

“If you notice that we had hardly any mosquitoes in April because it was so cool and then an increase in late May,” said Larry Shaffer, director of environmental health for Clark County Combined Health District.

Clark County has received funds from Ohio EPA for mosquito surveillance and prevention and will begin misting Tuesday, June 26 and wrap up July 6 or 7, weather permitting.

“We did discover Aedes albopictus here in Clark county through our regular trapping activities and that was a trigger to go ahead and do a fogging,” said Shaffer.

That is the mosquito known to carry the Zika virus, but Shaffer said it is too early to tell what West Nile Virus activity will look like in Miami Valley.

But three counties in Ohio have already tested mosquitoes positive for the virus, Franklin, Lucas, and Summit counties.

Shaffer assures Clark County has traps set up in about 15 different locations that they check and test each day for the virus but encourages residents to do their part to help prevent the spread of any mosquito-borne illnesses.

“Wear appropriate clothing, use EPA approved repellents, reduce the breeding sites around the home, keep the gutter clean, keep the bird bath water changed, dump the water out of the kids toys in the yard” said Shaffer.

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