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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 nuisance mosquitoes, and now that we are getting into July and August, we'll see more mosquitoes that are known for carrying disease for humans."
Although less than 1% of all mosquitoes carry the West Nile Virus, Hemmer said it's still important to take precautions.
"To prevent exposure to mosquitoes, the main thing is to avoid times that they are out, which is dusk and dawn," said Hemmer. "Also wear light colored clothing and take advantage of mosquito repellents when available."
If you would like to request spraying for your neighborhood, you can call the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department at (740) 454-9741 ext. 300.