No one likes getting bit by mosquitoes, especially when there’s a chance the insect is carrying the West Nile virus.
“When I like to go out in the neighborhood for a walk or run, I usually just get that can of OFF and just spray it a couple times,” said Frontier resident Katie Flaherty. “You’ve got to make sure you shower afterwards. I don’t like how it feels, but it does keep the bugs off.” The Frontier neighborhood is one of the areas where the Department of Health sprayed for mosquitoes.
They decided to spray Frontier Park Wednesday night in order to reduce the number of mosquitoes that might be carrying the West Nile virus.
“I do hear that they’re about to spray the park, which is nice because my wife and I walk here quite a bit,” said Rick Hammar, another resident of Frontier. “So, I think it’s good.”
Hammar says he doesn’t use insect repellent spray often, but he has other ways to keep the mosquitoes off of him. “My father has a pool, so I’ve always been telling him not to leave water laying around, anything that could attract them,” he continued. “We have the citronella candles all over, especially when we’re outside.” If you’re looking for an insect repellent, the CDC recommends using ones that have certain active ingredients in them such as DEET.
Just last month, it was confirmed that a mosquito sample in Erie tested positive for the West Nile virus. There have been no human cases reported for the West Nile virus, and the Health Department would like to keep it that way.
The spray used today isn’t harmful to the grass, animals or people. So people will be able to enjoy the upcoming Blues and Jazz festival.