A combination of summer-like temperatures and recent heavy rainfall is perfect for attracting mosquitoes.
In fact, the Licking County Health Department is reporting a high number of these insects in certain sectors of the county. Health Commissioner Joe Ebel says this statistic has prompted his staff to spray in areas with standing water to keep the mosquitoes from breeding in large numbers.
During this time of the year, there are some steps you can take to make sure you and your family don't attract mosquito-borne illnesses.
The health department suggests: Removing objects around your home where water can stand. If you have a pool, cover it when you aren't using it. Avoid activities between dawn and dusk, and if you are going to be outside during those times, wear either mosquito repellent or light-colored shirts and pants that cover your skin.