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                                                                                              Month of June
                                                                                         Mosquito's and Ticks


MOSQUITOS:

Diseases spread by mosquitoes are a concern in Ohio each year.  Mosquito-borne diseases that may occur locally in Ohio include:

  • Eastern equine encephalitis virus
  • La Crosse virus
  • St. Louis encephalitis virus
  • West Nile virus

Here are some ways to avoid mosquitoes and mosquito bites:
Use insect repellents when you go outdoors:

  • Apply repellents on exposed skin.
  • Wear clothing treated with permethrin.
  • Use products according to label instructions to optimize safety and effectiveness.
  • Don't spray repellents on the skin under your clothing.

Take care during peak mosquito biting hours:

  • Take extra care to use repellents from dusk to dawn.
  • Wear light-colored clothing, long-sleeved shirts or jackets and long pants to protect against mosquito bites.
  • Consider avoiding outdoor activities during peak mosquito biting hours.
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure.



TICKS:

Diseases spread by ticks are a concern in Ohio each year.  Tick-borne diseases that may occur locally in Ohio include:

  • Lyme Disease
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Babesiosis
  • Ehrlichiosis

Here are some ways to avoid ticks:

Avoid areas where ticks live.

  • Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
  • Walk in the center of trails.
  • Take extra precautions in spring, summer and fall when ticks are most active.

Use tick repellents.

  • Use insect repellents.
  • Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents with products containing 0.5 percent permethrin.  It remains protective through several washings.  Always follow the product label.  Pre-treated clothing is available and may provide longer lasting protection.

Cover up to keep ticks off your body.

  • Wear long pants, long sleeves and long socks.
  • Tuck pant legs into socks or boots and tuck shirts into pants to keep ticks on the outside of your clothing.
  • Light-colored clothing will help you spot ticks more easily.

For more information please contact the Conneaut City Health Department





                                                                                     Harmful Algal Blooms

(HABs) are often called blue-green algae, are commonly found in Ohio lakes, slow-moving rivers, and ponds. There are many kinds of species of blue-green algae that do not produce toxins, but some can cause HABs. What causes HABs you may ask is when there is a shallow body of fresh water, warm temperatures, sunlight, and excessive amounts of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) in the water. 

In the right environment, the numbers of blue-green algae can increase at a rapid rate or "bloom" in a body of water. Some HABs are visible, and can be seen as a thick mats or scum on the surface of the water. These mats can vary in color, including bright green, bluish-green, or even sometimes a red or maroon. 

For more information click here


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Click on bathing beach and recreational water monitoring reports before you swim, for Conneaut Township Park.


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