COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The first mosquitoes of the season have now tested positive for West Nile virus right here in Columbus. It takes just a single mosquito bite to transfer the virus.
During the summer months, kids and pets love to be outside. Many families are enjoying everything summer has to offer.
Italian Village resident Vicki Wren love spending time in her garden.
“We have jalapenos, bell peppers, and banana peppers, and we have five different types of tomatoes,” she said.
Her veggies are growing nicely in the garden this summer. All the rain is helping her plants, but bringing the mosquitoes right with it.
“Mosquitoes are very attracted to me and I am allergic to them so I do not get a mosquito bite, I get a welt,” she explained.
Experts say you can do a few simple things to minimize the mosquito take over.
Wren and her husband use rain water to irrigate their garden.
“Rain comes down off the garage roof into the barrel and usually the summers are real dry here,” she said. “My husband just collects it, collects it, and collects it.”
The first tip is to get rid of all that standing water in buckets, bird baths, and animal bowls. Also, get rid of things that are unwanted and collect the water. Consider fogging or treating your yard to keep the insects away. This will help you enjoy your backyard or porch in peace.
Wren plans to take some of this advice.
“Pretty much we do what we can to keep them away, but we need to get rid of some of the standing water.”
Experts also say keep your grass mowed and all foliage trimmed.
A few unique pieces of advice can also help. You can use dryer sheets to help repel mosquitoes. Rub your limbs with them or just put one in your pocket.
Beer drinkers are also more likely to attract mosquitoes according to studies. People with certain blood types, eating, and exercise habits also attract mosquitoes at different rates. Experts say all these activities change the rate at which your body emits carbon dioxide.
Lastly, there is an app called Mosquito Sonic Free Repellent that claims to emit a noise that will keep the mosquitoes away.