Numbers of mosquitoes are on the increase due to the increasingly warm, wet conditions. The City has received numerous calls from concerned citizens about the problem, and the Galion Street Department has been authorized to begin mosquito spraying.
Weather permitting, the area south of Harding Way will be sprayed Wednesday night and the area north of Harding Way Thursday night. Residents should close windows and doors until the truck has passed. The spraying should be completed by 11 p.m. each night.
Galion Health Department Director of Environmental Health Stephanie Zmuda stresses that spraying is only part of the solution to the mosquito problem. The adulticide spray the city uses will only kill adult airborne mosquitoes. Standing water provides a perfect spot for mosquito breeding, so it’s equally important for citizens to take an active role in prevention by draining water where more mosquitoes will grow.
This includes eliminating standing water around your home; emptying watertight containers (buckets, wheelbarrows, kids’ toys) and covering or turning them upside down; keeping water in pools and bird baths clean and clear; storing usable tires inside a building and properly disposing of scrap tires; cleaning out gutters; fixing leaky outdoor faucets; and keeping ditches flowing properly. Protect yourself from being bitten by avoiding being outside at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active, wearing light-colored clothing to cover skin, and using insect repellent to prevent bites.
To learn more about the spraying, contact:
John Swain, Safety Service Director
Office: (419) 468-1857
Fax: (419) 468-7620
To learn more about mosquitoes and prevention, contact the Galion Health Department at 419-468-1075, ext. 1265 or visit http://www.galionhealth.org/environmental-health/vector-mosquitoes.