Powell, Oh. – In a bid to tackle the threat of West Nile virus, the Delaware Public Health District has announced that mosquito spraying will take place on Wednesday, June 28. The decision comes after a mosquito collection trap in the area tested positive for the virus, prompting health officials to take swift action.
The designated spraying area will encompass the City of Powell and sections of Liberty Township, spanning the region west of SR 315, east of Sawmill Parkway, north of the county line, and south of Seldom Seen Road. Residents residing within this zone are advised to take necessary precautions during the spraying operation, which will commence at dusk. Health District trucks, clearly marked for identification, will carry out the task.
In the interest of public safety, the Health District urges residents to bring their children and pets indoors while the spraying is in progress. However, in the event of unsuitable weather conditions on Wednesday or if additional time is required to complete the operation, Health District staff will resume the spraying on Thursday, June 29.
The Health District will release updated fogging plans on their official website, DelawareHealth.org, as well as on their Facebook and Twitter pages. It is recommended that residents stay informed through these channels for any changes or developments.
Residents who wish to opt out of the fogging process for their property can contact the Health District by calling (740) 368-1700 and requesting to be placed on the no-spray list. Alternatively, they can fill out an online form at the following link: https://arcg.is/1Cy1fb1. Please note that all requests must be submitted no later than 12 pm on Wednesday, June 28.
While the Health District takes necessary steps to combat the mosquito-borne threat, all residents are strongly encouraged to take personal precautions to safeguard themselves from mosquito bites. The most effective preventive measures include eliminating standing water, as mosquitoes breed in stagnant water sources. It is important to ensure that properties are free of stagnant water in places such as flowerpots, bird baths, tarps, gutters, and any other areas where water can accumulate.
In addition, it is advisable to limit outdoor activities during the morning and evening hours when mosquitoes are most active. If venturing outdoors during these periods, it is recommended to wear light-colored, long-sleeved clothing for added protection. Applying an EPA-registered insect repellent further enhances defense against mosquito bites.
For further information regarding the Health District’s mosquito control program, residents can visit DelawareHealth.org/pest-disease-control.
As the Health District takes proactive measures to tackle the threat of West Nile virus, residents are urged to cooperate and take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of themselves and their community. By working together, they can effectively combat the spread of this mosquito-borne illness and promote a healthier environment for all.