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Friday, 10 July 2015 15:40

Prevent Mosquito Bites

 

The Union County Health Department does limited surveillance of the mosquito population in Unoin County through trapping and testing. Mosquito traps are placed within the county during the summer months. The trapped mosquitoes are sent to the Ohio Department of Health for testing of West Nile Virus. (There is no longer any testing or surveillance of West Nile Virus amongst birds within Ohio.) The species of mosquito known to carry West Nile Virus tends to be found in open grassy areas. Residents who have large open grassy areas can request mosquito trapping by calling (937) 642-2053 or emailing melissa.henry@uchd.net

West Nile Virus (WNV) is a disease carried by mosquitoes than can be passed to humans when the female mosquito bites a human. For more information, read this factsheet about WNV. or visit the Ohio Department of Health's webpage

LaCrosse Encephalitis is a vector-borne disease that is carried by the tree hole mosquito and is also transmitted through the female mosquito's bite.

There are several steps that you can take to prevent bites from mosquitoes.

Personal Protection:

  • Avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear light colors, long sleeves, and long pants when spending time outside in mosquito-infested areas.
  • Use a DEET based repellent when outside where mosquitoes are present (pay attention to usage instructions)
  • When camping or spending time outdoors, consider Permethrin treated bed-nets, tents, or clothing.
  • Avoid perfume, colognes, or other heavy scents that may attract mosquitoes.

Reduce breeding habitat:

  • Anything that holds water longer than 7 days, such as bird baths, baby pools, and buckets, should be changed weekly or stored upside down. Pools should be chlorinated or drained.
  • Fill any low areas in the yard. Provide proper drainage.
  • Make sure gutters are clear and drain properly.
  • Do not store rimless tires where they can hold water. Make sure tire swings have holes drilled to allow water to drain.
  • Fill cavities in trees with soil, sand, or gravel.

West Nile Virus activiity and other mosquito-bourne diseases can be tracked through USGS Disease maps.