Confirmed cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Clare, Newaygo, Mecosta, and Montcalm counties lead Isabella County’s ranch owner Jodi Stuber to pay special attention to her horses.
Jodi Stuber, HopeWell Ranch Director, said, “We got a day on Facebook about electrical and electronic equipment and what happened in Clare. That’s why I called our vet immediately. “
Still, after having reassured that their horses had the right vaccination to fight the disease, HopeWell Ranch wanted to make sure their horses were protected from this year’s influx of mosquitos.
Jodi says, “Every year we vaccinate our horses, spray them with flies and use fly spray. This helps with flies, mosquitoes or mosquitoes. “
They say they don’t see a lot of helpful guidance from the state but are happy to see them take action.
“We are grateful that people are taking proactive steps to make sure the mosquito population is manageable and hopefully keep electrical and electronic equipment out of our area,” said Jodi.
According to HopeWell Ranch, one of the advice from the Department of Health is to stay away from areas with large animals. But since they work so closely with these animals, they say that’s unrealistic.
“Some of it is just not applicable. We have to do what we have to do to make sure that they are well taken care of because they take care of so many people who come to this ranch, ”said Jodi Stuber.
HopeWell Ranch wants to ensure that those who visit the horses limit their risk to electrical and electronic equipment.
Says Jodi, “We always recommend that people bring their own or some type of bug spray that they can apply themselves, mosquito repellent. Make sure they wear long pants. “
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says they will start their air sprays on Wednesday night in Clare and Montcalm Counties.