HEBRON – The Village of Hebron received notification from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) that four pools of mosquitoes trapped at Evans Park have tested positive for West Nile Virus. The traps were set on July 10 and July 12 and the village became aware of the results from the ODH Laboratory on July 17, 2018.
The village sprays the community weekly for mosquitoes during the summer months and has been trapping mosquitoes at various sites to be sent to ODH for West Nile Virus testing. Hebron also sets out larvicide briquettes to control the mosquito population.
According to information from the Ohio Department of Health’s website, about 80 percent of people will not experience any symptoms if bitten by a West Nile Virus- infected mosquito. However, about 1 in 150 people bitten by an infected mosquito can develop a severe illness.
The state agency has also reported positive West Nile virus tests in four other Licking County locations.
“Hebron is proactive in reducing the mosquito population,” Village Administrator Ralph Wise said. “With these positive test results, residents are strongly encouraged to apply mosquito repellent when outdoors and to eliminate standing water on their property to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.”
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.