Mosquitoes from traps in Can Winchester and Westerville have tested positive for West Nile virus.
The trapping and testing of mosquitos has been happening throughout Franklin County since May.
It’s the season for mosquitos and the number one way you can help try to prevent them is getting rid of standing water. Mosquitoes can breed in standing water as small as a bottle cap.
The best way you can help is tip, toss and turn. Tipping over buckets, kids toys, kiddie pools, cleaning out gutters and removing scrap tires where they breed.
Ryan Young is the Vector Program Manager for Columbus Public Health.
“The most important thing with mosquito control is to stop mosquitos before they become adults when they become adults is where they can transmit the disease to humans because they’re biting you,” said Young.
Columbus Public Health showed exactly how each mosquito is tested, how each one has to be identified and determined a male or female.
“We have 81 districts between Columbus and Worthington,” said Young. “Our trappers go out, they do the north side one week and then move to the south side. We bring the nets back in and we test for West Nile.”
Jon Phillips is a Seasonal Aid who was busy testing mosquitoes.
“The test strips reminds you somewhat of a pregnancy test. There’s one strip that lets you know the solution has reached that point and if it becomes positive then there’s another strip that shows up that indicates that West Nile is present in the solution.”
Columbus Public Health says one out five people show signs of West Nile which can show up as flu-like symptoms.
“Typically there’s a rash, you can have headache, joint pain,” said Young.
Kristin Carifa, a mother of two, says she’s going to take necessary caution.
“So scary, like definitely not something I want my kids around or have to deal with this summer. Cover up his sandbox at night make sure there’s no water around it also find out natural bug sprays that I can put on our skin. I’ll probably go out to the house and make sure I look around there’s no standing water or like a little bottle cap got left something that can hold water after it rains make sure the yard is nice and clean,” said Carifa.
Columbus Public Health points out that spraying yourself with bug spray will help, avoid going out at dawn or dusk when mosquitos are most active. If you do have to go out during dawn and dusk wear light colors and even though it’s summer try pants and long sleeves around those times.
Westerville, Canal Winchester and Urbancrest are the three areas where mosquito spraying is scheduled to take place starting at 9pm Tuesday.