Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) confirmed that a mosquito pool in south Bexley has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). FCPH will be spraying the south section of the city starting at 8:30 pm on Monday, September 12, weather permitting. To see a spray map, please click here.
To opt out of mosquito spraying, please click here. If you have already filled out a ‘Do Not Spray’ request form this year, you do not need to submit the form again. If you are participating in the Bexley Mosquito Pilot Program Treatment 3 or Treatment 4 groups, do not opt out. If you are unsure which treatment group you are in, please contact Rebecca Ness.
This spraying will not eliminate all active mosquito species in Bexley. Residents should continue to be vigilant about removing sources of standing water to discourage mosquito population growth. The chemicals being used in this spraying are Permethrin and Piperonyl Butoxide.
Protect Your Property from Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes require standing water for their young to hatch and develop; only a few tablespoons of water is all it takes. Once eggs are laid, a new generation of mosquitoes can hatch, grow, and emerge from the water as adults in as little as one week.
Franklin County Public Health recommends checking these areas of your property for standing water:
- Tires, buckets, cans, bottles and plastic containers
- Trash cans (use tight fitting lids and keep them covered)
- Bird baths (drain and refill every 3-4 days)
- Wading or kiddie pools (drain and refill frequently)
- Pools and hot tubs (keep chlorinated, covered or keep completely dry)
- Pool covers that hold water
- Boats, boat covers and tarps
- Pet food containers and water dishes
- Clogged gutters and downspouts
- Leaky outside faucets that create puddles
- Rain barrels that are not properly screened or treated
- Low areas that form puddles and hold water
- Planters and pots, including saucers and catch trays
- Mature trees that have developed holes that hold water – fill the voids with sand
- Anything that has the potential to hold even small amounts of water