Busier mosquito season possible
COLUMBUS (WSYX/WTTE) —
April showers bring May flowers, but May showers bring in something not so pretty.
A combination of rainy, Spring weather and a mild winter could mean more mosquitoes at the summer barbecue.
"Mosquitoes may have a head start on breeding and for those that winter over, and they do, they may still be carrying the West Nile virus," said Charlie Broschart of Franklin County Public Health Department.
On Wednesday, Clark County health officials confirmed a man contracted the Zika virus after traveling to a Zika affected area in the Caribbean.
It's possible for a mosquito to bite an infected person and transmit the virus to another human, but the mosquito that typically carries Zika is not found in Ohio.
"We do not have the adeas egypti in Central Ohio, which is the main carrier which we see down in South America and southern U.S."
Health officials still advise someone with symptoms of Zika to stay indoors as a precaution.
Rick Branaghan of The Mosquito Authority in Hilliard said they have had calls to come out to spray for mosquitoes, but rain and wind have kept them from spraying. He said Zika aside, business has doubled every year. He thinks people are spending more time outdoors and are less patient with the mosquito bites.
"There's a lot of bad things mosquitoes can bring."