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Although the weather is getting cooler, mosquito season isn’t over and it will typically continue throughout September and even into October. This also means that West Nile virus (WNV) continues to be present within the community. With the recent human cases of WNV showing up, Columbus Public Health, Worthington's health agency, reminds residents to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases by taking a few precautions when outdoors.
Residents are also encouraged to do their part to combat mosquitoes by removing standing water on their property. Mosquitoes need standing water to breed and anything that holds even a small amount of water for a few days provides the perfect breeding site. Once eggs are laid, a new crop of mosquitoes can hatch, grow and emerge from the water as adults in as little as one week. Many mosquitoes stay very close to their juvenile habitat when they emerge as adults, and the females look for hosts to bite nearby.
Here are a few simple suggestions that can make a big difference:
Columbus Public Health continues to trap mosquitoes, treat standing water and spray in area neighborhoods to protect our residents. To report a problem, call 3-1-1.