FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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06/12/2016 LICKING COUNTY, OHIO –
The Licking County Health Department will be conducting mosquito spraying in the following locations June 13 through June 17:
* June 14, in the vicinity of Tamarack Road, Newark
* June 14, In the vicinity of the OSU-Newark Campus
* June 14, in the vicinity of E. Channel St.
* June 15, Etna Township
* June 15, Pataskala Mobile Home Park
* June 16, Buckeye Lake KOA Campground
* June 16, in the Village of Kirkersville
All spraying will be conducted after dusk. This schedule is subject to change. Any schedule changes will be posted on the LCHD social media and/or website at www.lickingcohealth.org. Additionally, you can find a list of 2016 West Nile Virus-positive mosquito traps, by location, on the data page of the website.
Preventing Mosquito Bites
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, which includes puddles, stagnant ditches, and containers such as old tires, buckets, cans, neglected swimming pools and flower pots. Mosquitoes can carry diseases, including West Nile Virus, which can cause serious illness. It is important to apply mosquito repellent when participating in any outdoor activity when mosquitoes are active.
The Licking County Health Department recommends following these tips to help avoid mosquito bites:
* Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.
* Repair or replace all torn screens in your home.
* Remove all discarded tires from your property.
* Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water-holding containers.
* Make sure roof gutters drain properly. Clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall.
* Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. If not in use, keep empty and covered.
* Drain water from pool covers.
* Change the water in bird baths at least once a week.
* Turn over plastic wading pools, and wheelbarrows, etc. when not in use.
* Clean ditches of obstructions so they drain properly.
* Eliminate any standing water that collects on your property.
* Check trees for cavities that hold water and fill them with soil, gravel, or sand.
* Remind or help neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their properties.
* Use insect repellent and follow the label directions.