COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio agencies are taking aim at mosquitoes and moths this summer.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture has started setting up moth traps across 69 of Ohio’s 88 counties to figure out how to treat each area,
Treatments are expected to begin sometime in June. A plane will fly 50 to 100 feet above a tree line, dusting the area with a chemical that will disrupt moth mating. Officials say it is not harmful to any other species or human.
Charlie Broschart, manager of Franklin County’s Community Environmental Health Division, said his department tries to manage the mosquito population in order to minimize the risk of infection for humans. This includes treating sitting water to kill mosquito larvae before they mature and spraying streets with pesticides.
He said central Ohio crews have also been setting traps for mosquitoes since early May and checking them each week to track the insect’s population.
Broschart said he is not alarmed by the results, but expects the population to grow as temperatures rise.
He said the county will use information from the traps and from complaints to determine where to spray pesticides.
The city of Columbus takes care of its own mosquito control, and city crews have already started treating standing water for larvae and will soon be setting up traps.
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