Swimming pool bringing mosquitoes to Columbus neighborhood

Neighbors reached out after water they say has been in the Hilltop Swim Club pool for two years started drawing mosquitoes. (WSYX/WTTE)

The Hilltop Swim Club in west Columbus closed two years ago.

But something is still swimming there, and neighbors are concerned.

People said murky water remains in part of the pool, and they're worried about mosquitoes that could carry the West Nile Virus.

A few mosquitoes from in sample pools around Franklin County have tested positive for West Nile this summer.

Franklin County Public Health released this statement:

Our staff has been given access to the pool and was there on the 27th and treated it. We also sprayed all of Valleyview last week. Crews know it is problem area and are keeping an eye on it.

Franklin County Public Health provides detailed maps of areas that will be sprayed.

They also provided these mosquito prevention tips:

  • Wear insect repellant containing DEET (follow package directions).
  • Limit outdoor activity at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Eliminate all standing water around your home (mosquitoes breed in water and it doesn’t take much time).

To report mosquito problem areas in your community, go to www.myfcph.org and complete a service request form.

A message can also be left at (614) 525-BITE (2483). This is a voice mail system and all calls will be returned within one business day.

Residents of the City of Columbus should call 311.

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