Armed with buckets, odorous lures, nets and poison sprays, Columbus Public Health workers are prepared to take on the hordes of blood-sucking insects that can ruin summer for outdoors lovers. The agency hopes to outflank mosquitoes this year by increasing the number of traps across the city. Health workers will be trapping the insects at 81 locations this year, setting and collecting about 40 traps each week. Officials say they hope that setting the traps in permanent locations will help track trends in mosquito behavior better and determine where further action — such as spraying pesticides — is needed.
Although most mosquito species found in Ohio are merely an annoyance, the few that can transmit disease are worrisome. The Ohio Department of Health reported 24 human cases of West Nile virus last year and three deaths statewide. The agency also employs a few traps that use lights and dry ice (solid carbon dioxide) to lure mosquitoes. Both will trap Culex mosquitoes, which carry West Nile, said Joseph Conlon, a technical adviser for the American Mosquito Control Association. Read more