There has been a lot of news lately about the mosquito-borne Zika virus in South America. Although the two species of mosquitos that could carry the virus are extremely rare in Ohio, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health reminds residents that eliminating breeding grounds for these and other types of mosquitoes reduces the associated health risks. Click here for the official notice.

Steps you can take to prevent mosquito breeding in your neighborhood include:

  1. Disposing of containers that collect water (tires, buckets, cans, flower pots, etc.)
  2. Eliminating areas of stagnant water
  3. Repairing leaky outdoor faucets that leave puddles
  4. Emptying and refilling bird baths at least once a week
  5. Cleaning, draining and covering pools or hot tubs if not in use
  6. Covering rain barrels and unclogging all gutters so they drain properly
  7. Filling tree holes with tar or cement
  8. Tightly screening all openings of your home
  9. Keeping children indoors during times of peak mosquito activity

Health officials also urge residents to use insect repellent regularly to lower the chances of being exposed to any illnesses a mosquito could transmit.