The Delaware General Health District will fog to kill mosquitoes in four Delaware County communities starting early next week.
West Nile virus has been detected in mosquito traps set in the City of Delaware, Orange Township, Genoa Township, and near the Village of Shawnee Hills.
Starting Monday evening, July 30, fogging is planned in:
- The entire Village of Shawnee Hills
- Orange Township in the area bounded by the railroad tracks on the west, Lewis Center Road on the north, I-71 on the east, and East Powell Road on the south, plus the hamlet of Lewis Center.
Later next week, fogging will commence in:
- Genoa Township in the area bounded by State Route 3 on the west, Lewis Center Road on the north, Sunbury Road on the east, and Maxtown Road on the south.
After that – possibly not until the week of August 6 – fogging will commence in:
- The entire City of Delaware.
Fog is sprayed from marked white Delaware General Health District pickup trucks with yellow beacons.
Crews will place signs advising residents in the fogging zones while the work is taking place. Any residents who do not want fogging done on their property can call the Health District at 740-368-1700 and ask to be placed on the No-Fog List.
Fogging will not proceed if the weather is windy or rainy. Updated fogging plans will be announced on delawarehealth.org and the Health District Information line, 740-203-2015.
The Health District’s Residential Services Unit sets mosquito traps nightly at several Delaware County locations to monitor for West Nile virus. Mosquitoes caught in the traps are tested at the Ohio Department of Health laboratory.
All residents are urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites. The most effective prevention is to eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can breed. Make sure your property is free of stagnant water in flower pots, bird baths, tarps, gutters, and other places where it can collect.
Avoid going outdoors early in the evening when mosquitoes are most active. If you go out, wear light-colored long-sleeved clothing and mosquito repellant. Repellants with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus are recommended for application on bare skin and clothing.
Toby Boyce is the president and Broker for C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co. He has been in real estate since 2006 and has earned the Graduate of Realtors Institute, Certified Real Estate Mentor, Short Sale / Foreclosure Resource, among others.