Another bi-product of the flooding will be mosquitoes. The bugs flock to flood pools because they are a good site for breeding.
"Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water because that is where they lay their eggs,” said Public Health Sanitation Specialist, Mike Hemmer. “Where their larva pupils stages are and that's where they are in a safe place, that they can grow and they can become adult mosquitoes."
Summer heat and moisture are two factors that bring out pesky mosquitoes.
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department typically starts spraying for mosquitoes in mid may and all the way through September. Luckily for this year, it has only sprayed 3 times, which is a slower summer start.
"So far this year it's been dry, so there haven't been too many complaints,”said mosquito intern, Levi Lamp. “But usually people just call in, give their address and their...
There's a confirmed case of LaCrosse Encephalitis in Muskingum County.
This disease is caused by a virus spread by infected mosquitoes. Muskingum County Health Department Sanitarian Matt Hemmer said symptoms of Lacrosse Encephalitis are fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and tiredness. He said the health department is trying to stop the spread of the disease.
"The action we're taking is to actually go out to the areas where exposure was possible to occur and...
If you're swatting bugs and scratching bites, that's because it's mosquito season again.
According to the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department, recent heavy rain and flooding could increase mosquito populations. Public Health Sanitarian Matt Hemmer said there are different types of mosquitoes that are active in certain months.
"It's a very seasonal trend," said Hemmer. "Most of the breeds that we see early on in the spring are...
The Licking County Health Separtment wants to make sure it prevents the spread of West Nile Virus among mosquitoes.
So it will be conducting more spraying sessions this week in the cities of Newark, Alexandria, Kirkersville, Hanover Township, and Pataskala. A Buckeye Lake campground will also be targeted. All sprayings will take place after dusk.
Licking County was the second county in the state to find West Nile Virus in mosquitoes this year. Both reports came from...
The Licking County Health Department will be conducting more sprays for mosquitoes.
West Main Street and Tamarack Road in Newark will be targeted on Monday, August 2nd, followed by Harbor Hills on Wednesday, and the Village of Kirkersville, Hartford Fairgrounds, and the KOA Campground in Buckeye Lake on Thursday. Crews plan to go out after dusk.
Licking County was the second county in the state to report the West Nile Virus in mosquitoes. Both cases came from pools of mosquitoes...