Mosquito Reports Rising in Our Area

by Courtney Wheaton on June 3, 2014 at 6:54 am

Mosquitos are a serious concern this year thanks to all the rain.

The Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department is reporting a large increase in the amount of calls to their offices for spraying help. Experts are telling residents they can reduce the amount of mosquitos around their homes by limiting their breeding grounds.

"What the individual can do, they can do several things. One they can check around their property and eliminate any conditions that may hold standing water, " said Mike Kirsch, Environmental Health Director.

These areas can include toys, kiddy pools and even old tires that can hold up to 10,000 mosquitos. Kirsch suggests cleaning out bird baths and other stagnant water frequently. People are also encouraged to use insect repellent.

" They can use DEET which is the active ingredient. They want to read the labels and directions on that because there are certain levels that are designed for kids and for adults, " said Kirsch.

The health department does spray for mosquitos throughout the county using an EPA regulated chemical that is safe, but effective. If you have any questions you can call the Mosquito Control Hotline at 740-454-9741 ext. 300.