TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The start of spring isn't doing the Toledo Area Sanitary District any favors.
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"It's not looking good right now," said Paul Bauman, biologist and general manager of the Toledo Area Sanitary District.
Days of rain and standing water have fueled breeding grounds for mosquitoes. You may not be able to see them just yet, but they're growing in the murky waters.
"There's basically mosquito eggs everywhere," Bauman said. "It's just waiting for water to come and flood that area and then they hatch."
Bauman showed 13abc a recent sample pulled from standing water in an old tire. Dozens of mosquitoes were found.
"We're doing our best to get to as much water as we can before they hatch and fly and create problems for people," he said.
Crews have been out since March treating known problem areas across the county. As the temperatures rise and the bugs mature, Bauman says, it's time to bring out the spray.
"You just need to see mosquitoes flying around," Bauman said.
The goal is to cut down the population as much as possible and avoid the more serious issues that come with mosquito bites.
"The possibility of someone coming down with West Nile is great," said Eric Zgodzinski, Lucas County health commissioner.
In fact, the virus is no stranger to northwest Ohio. That's why the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department is reminding the public to take the following precautions:
-Wear repellent and proper clothing
-Avoid dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most likely to bite
-Remove standing water around your house
-Fix any damaged screens to keep the bugs outside
"Those are all things that we talk about," Zgodzinski said. "They hold true this year, as they have last year and for the last ten years."
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