Take these steps to fight mosquitoes

Staff Report

The return of warm weather means the return of mosquitoes. The city of Oberlin has educational pamphlets and mosquito control briquettes available for distribution to residents at city hall, 85 South Main St.

The brochure explains the life cycle of the mosquito and suggests ways in which Oberlin residents can reduce or eliminate mosquito breeding habitats on their property. Mosquitoes breed in standing water, which persists for a period of several days or more, so it is important to check gutters, planters, bird baths, and any other places on your property where water can pool. The brochure can also be viewed at www.cityofoberlin.com under public works, then parks, buildings, and grounds.

The briquets are used in standing water to prevent mosquito larvae from maturing to adulthood. Briquettes are environmentally safe and do not impact other forms of aquatic life. Briquettes are free and come with instructions for use. Be sure to estimate the area of standing water to be treated.

For more information, call 440-775-7218.

The state health department is also asking residents to help prevent bites that can spread the West Nile virus, Zika virus, and lyme disease.

Mosquitoes are most active from May to October.

“You can take some simple precautions at home and when traveling to prevent potentially serious mosquito-borne diseases,” said Sietske de Fijter, state bureau chief of infectious diseases.

Be sure to wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and shoes and socks while outside during active mosquito times. Wear light-colored clothing, which is less attractive to mosquitoes. Use EPA-registered repelled and wear clothing and gear treated with permethrin, an insecticide. Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

Limit mosquito breeding sites around the home by eliminating standing water: Empty water-holding containers such as buckets, unused flower pots, and bird baths. Make sure gutters are clean and draining properly. Keep child wading pools empty and on their sides when not used.

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