Health Department Takes Precaution Ahead of Mosquito Season

  • 6/24/2019 7:14:26 PM
  • WMFD Digital Team
  • Local News

MANSFIELD OH - Mosquito season is on it's way in North Central Ohio, and the Richland County Public Health Department is preparing to keep the distracting bugs from taking over the summer. 

Richland Public Health's Director of Enviromental Health, Rob Harrod, gave a few tips for the public on how to prevent bug bites from occuring and keeping mosquitoes away. 

"Eliminate any standing water on their property, whether they have buckets full of water or bird baths that need their water changed. Even scrapped tires or anything that can hold water up to seven days."

After getting rid of the standing water on the property, Harrod added that citizens should protect themselves from bites by wearing long sleeves, pants, and wearing a repellent that's deet-based.  

The last tip was to make sure all screens in households are covered that way mosquitoes can not sneak into the homes. 

Harrod said once the recent volume of rain subsides and a dry period commences that the public will see an increase in mosquitoes flying around the area.

Richland Public Health does a lot of surveillance throughout the county to keep citizens safe, such as collecting mosquito larvae to prevent them from becoming adults and capturing adult mosquitoes to be tested by the Ohio Department of Health.

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