Mosquitoes are an all too familiar summer nuisance. They are not only annoying, but also present a potential risk because they can transmit diseases such as encephalitis and the West Nile Virus.
Jefferson Township contracts with Franklin County Public Health for integrated mosquito management. This includes trapping and testing, public outreach and education, larvicide application, and responsible pesticide application.
Mosquitoes require standing water for their young to hatch and develop. Once eggs are laid, a new crop of mosquitoes can hatch, grow, and emerge from the water as adults in as little as one week. Eliminating potential breeding sites around your home can go a long way to reduce the mosquito population. Many mosquitoes stay close to their juvenile habitat when they emerge as adults, and the females look for hosts to bite nearby. Eliminating mosquito habitats around your home can prevent bites, reduce your risk of disease and make your summer evenings more enjoyable.
Here are a few simple suggestions that can make a big difference in controlling the mosquito population in your own backyard:
- Empty, remove, cover, or turn over any container that has the potential to hold water
- Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets
- Make sure gutter and downspouts are free of blockage and are property draining
- Change the water in wading pools weekly and store indoors when not in use
- Properly dispose of old tires
- Empty planters that hold water twice each week
- Empty bird baths twice weekly
- Empty your pets watering dishes daily
- Use sand to plug holes in trees where water can collect
- Drain or fill low areas on your property that hold water for more than three days
- Remind or help neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their property
Request For Service
If you have questions, want to report mosquito activity or standing water, or need additional information, call Franklin County Public Health's Mosquito Bite Line at (614) 525-BITE(2483) and leave a message; your call will be returned. You can also visit mosquito.myfcph.org for complete mosquito information including mosquito spraying schedules and maps.