West Nile Virus: Public Health delays spray to Thursday in Centerville, Washington Twp. after mosquito tests positive

Credit: Ohio Department of Health

Credit: Ohio Department of Health

Public Health-Dayton & Montgomery County’s scheduled spraying for today following a mosquito testing positive for West Nile Virus in a Washington Twp. trap has been postponed to Thursday because of weather and staffing.

The positive mosquito was discovered after a trap was set up along Marshall Road, according to Centerville, Washington Twp. and Public Health officials.

“It is not uncommon for a mosquito to test positive for West Nile Virus, and Public Health’s program is designed to help educate the public about the diseases mosquitos may carry, how they can protect themselves from mosquito bites, and how they can help to reduce the mosquito population,” the three entities said in a joint statement.

Public Health will spray the following areas, weather permitting, between dusk and midnight Thursday: Brampton Road, Brookmount Road, Cantella Court, Hithergreen Drive, Limberlost Trail, Marshall Road, Mondelet Court, Nicolet Lane, Overhill Lane and Terrace Park Drive. Public Health will not spray around Stone Lake Drive.

Public Health will spray Duet, an adulticide mosquito control product. During spraying, people and pets may be outdoors; the mist will dissipate within 5 to 30 minutes depending on weather conditions; and the spray is not corrosive and does not stain. For more information, call 937-224-8793.

There have been no reported human cases of the West Nile virus this year in Montgomery County. There were three human cases reported in 2022, according to Public Health.

Ways to protect yourself from West Nile

  • Use EPA-approved mosquito repellent containing DEET and follow the label directions.
  • If you are outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, be sure to wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks.
  • Wear light-colored clothing, which is less attractive to mosquitoes.
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
  • Make sure all roof gutters are clean and draining properly.
  • Eliminate standing water in your yard as well as from flower pots, buckets and barrels.
  • Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains. Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when not in use.

SOURCE: Public Health-Dayton & Montgomery County