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OTTAWA, Kan. — June 7, 2017 — The City of Ottawa encourages residents to take preventative steps against mosquitos this summer.

 

The most common disease spread by mosquitoes in Kansas is the West Nile virus. In 2015, 34 cases of West Nile were identified in Kansas, including one in Franklin County. Of the 34 cases, 20 people were hospitalized and two died. Viruses in the national news, such as Zika, are a concern in some places in the United States. No cases of Zika, Dengue or Yellow Fever have been locally acquired in Kansas.

 

“Preventing the spread of diseases depends largely on mosquito prevention and control measures,” Stormwater Coordinator Adam Grim said. “The city is partnering with the Franklin County Health Department to be proactive about managing the mosquito population within the city and the surrounding area by targeting mosquito eggs and larvae.”

 

Midge Ransom, director of the health department, said residents and business owners play an important role in making sure their properties don’t have areas that will harbor mosquito growth.

 

Ransom encourages everyone to:

·         Empty containers that hold water: flower pots, wading pools, tires, buckets, toys and birdbaths.

·         Keep water storage containers tightly covered.

·         If you have a septic tank, repair cracks and cover the open vent or pipes.

·         Keep mosquitoes out of your home with window and door screens.

·         Use insect repellent containing DEET or picaridin as directed and wear long sleeves and

long pants and/or treated clothing to protect yourself.


“Fill water holes, empty containers that are sitting around your property and dispose of things like tires that can hold water,” she said. “Change water daily for animals and clean fish ponds and swimming pools. Even the trays under potted plants should be free from standing water.”

Grim said the reason why standing water removal needs to happen so frequently is because mosquitoes can go from egg to adult in one week.

 

“If you have fountains, stock tanks or other standing water that cannot be covered, dumped or removed, and will not be used for drinking, a larvicide can help control mosquitoes,” he said. “Follow the instructions on the label and apply only the amount recommended.”

 

For more information about mosquito prevention, contact the City of Ottawa at 785-229-3632 or the health department at 785-229-3530.