The Tuscarawas County Health Department has been conducting trapping for the Culex species of mosquito throughout the summer in Tuscarawas County. TCHD was notified on Oct. 5 that two additional pools of mosquitos tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The locations of the traps that collected the positive pools are as followed:

• Lawrence Township (Canoe Livery near 77)

• Perry Township community center

The health department will be responding to the positive pools according to Center for Disease Control Guidelines to the positive pools from those areas. Spraying within a two-mile radius of the location of the positive pools will occur on more than one occasion.

Spraying may occur in these areas next week. In the case of rain, high winds or cold temperatures spraying will be postponed. Persons with respiratory problems should take appropriate actions to remain indoors while spraying is occurring.

To date, including the most recent pools, TCHD has identified 18 positive pools of mosquitoes via the Ohio Department of Health lab.

Residents are encouraged to follow the following guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health to avoid mosquito bites: use insect repellent when you go outdoors, when weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent will give extra protection.

Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours and take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.

Ways to mosquito-proof your home: install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside, use your air conditioning, if you have it, and help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires and birdbaths on a regular basis.