Avon, Avon Lake scheduled for mosquito spraying

BY MICHELE MURPHY

The Lorain County Health District will spray at night throughout Avon and Avon Lake over the next week to reduce the mosquito population that could carry West Nile Virus.

Weather permitting, health district workers will spray in Avon Lake tonight, Wed., Aug. 23, or tomorrow night. Avon is scheduled for early next week. Spraying is done between 8:30-11:30 p.m.

Scott Pozna, the district’s environmental health supervisor, said that the spraying is part of a well-established three-pronged effort to reduce the risk of humans contracting West Nile Virus. No cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Lorain County so far this summer, he said.

Besides education, Pozna said the district completed mosquito larvae reduction this spring and early summer throughout the county, including Avon Lake, Avon, North Ridgeville, Sheffield Lake and Sheffield Village. Health staff combed communities looking for standing water where mosquito larvae could be present. Pozna said that roadside ditches and storm water catch basins received special attention. He added that they respond to resident requests as well cite abandoned swimming pools.

District staff use traps to catch mosquitoes across the county, then the Ohio Department of Health tests them, he said. The health district has received confirmed reports of West Nile-carrying mosquitoes here.

The spray, which is emitted in a wide mist from the back of a slow-moving truck, is not hazardous to human or pets, Pozna said. He said spraying is done in the evening when bees, butterflies or birds are in their nests to minimize impact on them. He added that the spray will not affect other insects that are out in the evening like moths and cadydids.

Ahead of spraying, the health district posts signs along major streets across both cities.

North Ridgeville, Sheffield Village and Sheffield Lake were sprayed already.

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