As summer kicks into full swing, Upper Arlington officials are reminding residents they can do a lot to help combat mosquitoes.
Columbus Public Health officials announced July 8 they would commence spraying on that city's South Side after two pools of mosquitoes found there tested positive for West Nile virus.
As of July 18, no such spraying, fogging or other anti-mosquito measures had been ordered by Franklin County Public Health to take place in Upper Arlington.
However, city officials issued a press release asking for the public's help in controlling mosquitoes.
The release "was part of regularly scheduled updates and was not in reaction to a high number of reports of mosquito populations or pending foggings," said Megan Hoffman, community affairs coordinator for Upper Arlington.
"That being said, mosquito management is an ongoing process and fogging could occur at any point throughout the summer with little notice."
Information about the city's mosquito-prevention program is available at uaoh.net.
Residents are encouraged to report any areas with high mosquito populations to Franklin County Public Health's mosquito hotline at 614-525-BITE.
Upper Arlington officials asked residents to help fight mosquitoes through several preventive measures:
• When possible, avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
• If you plan to be outside in the evening, use insect repellent. For added protection, wear light-color clothing, long sleeves and long pants. Avoid perfume, colognes or other heavy scents that may attract mosquitoes.
• A wide variety of insect repellent products are available. Products containing active ingredients that have been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use as repellents applied to skin and clothing should be used. Always follow label directions when applying mosquito repellents and see if the product is appropriate to apply to children because some may have concentrations not suitable for small children.
• Products containing DEET and Picaridin typically provide longer-lasting protection than others, but products containing Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (PMD) also provide a reasonable amount of protection.
• Take a look around yards and empty any container that holds standing water. Mosquitoes breed in standing water and stay close to that area when they hatch and feed.