With the first summer weekend here, the Columbus Health Department says they have been spraying to control the populations of mosquitoes and other insects.
"We have a schedule and go around the entire city to make sure the entire city is protected against mosquito," says Jack Lockwood of the Columbus Department of Public Health. "West Nile is active in our area. It's a mosquito-borne virus so people should take the necessary precautions."
Lockwood says homeowners should inspect their property for any standing water, making sure to dump it out at least once a week. He also suggested patching any openings in door and window screens.
14 states nationwide have reported cases of West Nile this year, according to the CDC. Tenseness and Mississippi are among those states.
The Columbus Department of Public Health can only spray for mosquitoes on public property. If someone spots standing water on public grounds, they can call 706-321-6300 to visit the water is inspected.