ZANESVILLE, Ohio-Â The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is offering grant money for mosquito control.
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department submitted its grant application May 3rd.
“Treating mosquitoes has always been a priority for the health department because they do spread disease,” said public health sanitartian Matt Hemmer. “It is a public health threat. We want to be ready to treat in the event of any outbreaks or any situations that occur. What we hope to achieve with that is additional hours of salary for a summer intern, additional equipment for pesticide application, and also additional supplies to have treat Muskingum County.”
The grant is to help reduce the spread of viruses such as Zika and West Nile. And with the recent weather conditions we’ve been having, it’s a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
“This is definitely the rainy season for Ohio. So what we are going to be left with is a lot of standing water. Mosquitoes that carry Zika virus are known to breed in very small containers. So it’s very important for residents to take a look around their home, notice if they have any standing water and eliminate those sources to prevent mosquito breeding in their area,” said Hemmer.
The health department mosquito control hotline is (740) 454-9741 ext 300.