Residents: Report problem areas for mosquitoes
Just last week, Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) had its first positive test for West Nile virus from a pool of mosquitoes collected in Franklin County.
As a result, last Thursday, FCPH sprayed Hamilton Township, Clinton Township East, Mifflin Township, Prairie Township North and Whitehall West. Though mosquito numbers overall have been down so far this summer, most likely due to the steady rain we've had, it's imperative to continue to practice personal protection when it comes to mosquitoes, especially as the weather dries but leaves behind ideal breeding conditions.
Here are a few standby tips to protect yourself:
• Wear insect repellent containing DEET.
• Limit outdoor activity at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
• Mosquitoes breed in small amounts of water, so empty all standing water around your home (like in planters, containers, pet dishes, bird baths, tires etc.)
More information about mosquito management practices and the dangers of West Nile virus is available online at www.myfcph.org.
You can also call 614-525-BITE (2483) or visit the website to report problem areas in the community.
If you notice more mosquitoes than usual, don't hesitate to call -- your participation in mosquito safety is a crucial part of our seasonal management plan.
Tree City USA
Every year since 1990, the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Upper Arlington as a Tree City USA. There are currently only 3,400 Tree City USA communities; 235 are in Ohio.
To be recognized, communities must meet four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day. We definitely meet all of those.
Our urban forestry program touches the lives of the community by helping to provide cleaner air, shadier streets and aesthetic beauty. And indeed, it's clear to any UA visitor that we care about our environment.
Congratulations to our parks and forestry crew for continuing to keep UA green and healthy, and on maintaining this noteworthy distinction.
Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager.