It’s mosquito season. Because Ohio mosquitoes can transmit diseases like West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis, and LaCrosse encephalitis, preventing bites is important. Decrease your chances of being bitten by avoiding peak mosquito hours, using a repellent, and covering up with clothing. Keep mosquito populations to a minimum around your home by eliminating any mosquito-friendly habitat, which is standing water. In about a week, mosquitoes can multiply in gutters, buckets, bird baths, pools, drainage ditches, ponds and anywhere else water has accumulated. Keep an eye out for these prime mosquito-breeding places. Bird baths and children’s swimming pools should be emptied/refilled weekly. The Ohio Dept. of Health has more information.