Friday, 07 July 2017 14:04

New Mosquito Reporter Tool

The Union County Health Department is launching a new mosquito reporting tool. The online tool allows residents to report mosquito problem areas to the Health Department. Click here to report a mosquito problem area.

Reporting is easy. Just follow these simple steps. 

1. Click on the link above.
2. Click on "Proceed as Guest".
3. Click the green "Submit a Report" button.
4. Fill out the short form. Please note, once you enter the address, you will need to click on the "Address: Esri World Geocode" drop down to select your location.
5. Click the blue "Report It button.   


Your report is then added to our database. A sanitarian will investigate the complaint. The sanitarian will only follow up with the reporter if additional information is needed.  The online Mosquito Reporter is a surveillance tool to help us identify problem areas within Union County. We will use this data to help determine where to place mosquito traps and where to use mosquito larvacide to protect our community as a whole. Due to limited resources, we will not always be able to trap or place larvacide at every complaint location. 

Free larvacide dunks are available to residents. These dunks can be placed in small, stagnant bodies of water such as those found in ditches. The dunks interrupt the mosquito lifecycle by killing larvae for up to 30 days. To get lfree arvacide dunks, please call 937-642-2053.

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Friday, 05 February 2016 16:53

Zika Virus

Currently, there are active cases of Zika virus in Ohio. No cases in Union County.

The content below is provided directly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 
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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.

 

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