West Nile Virus found in village mosquitoes
- Published: August 14, 2012
Local mosquitoes tested positive last week for West Nile Virus, a potentially serious illness, prompting the Greene County Combined Health District to begin spraying insecticide in a neighborhood in southern Yellow Springs.
The neighborhood, south from Brookside Drive and west from Spillan Road, will be sprayed with insecticides this week after laboratory tests revealed the presence of West Nile Virus in the Asian Tiger Mosquito. The testing occurred after a resident in the area complained about high mosquito populations. It was the first case of a mosquito carrying the disease in Greene County since testing began in June (18 other counties have tested positive).
To opt out of spraying in front of your residence, call the health district at (937) 374-5607 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14.
Villagers are also advised to protect themselves, especially if they are out in the early morning or early evening hours, by using mosquito repellent containing DEET and wearing long sleeves and light colored clothing. And they should check for areas of standing water on their properties, including rain gutters and bird baths, since mosquitoes breed in water.
The insecticides being used — Anvil 2+2 Sumithrin and Piper O’Neill Butoxocide — are designed to kill adult mosquitoes by releasing a fog that hangs in the area for 20 to 25 minutes, and are safe for humans and animals, according to the health department.
Read more in the Aug. 16 issue of the News.