Mosquitoes

Rains combined with warm weather make conditions favorable for mosquito breeding. Mosquitoes can breed in any standing water if it lasts at least seven days.

“Our main focus is to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne disease,” Joe Harrod, Director of Environmental Health, said.

For Updates on Zika virus, please visit the CDCs website

Mosquitoes Facts

Mosquitoes can live indoors and outdoors, and some species bite during the day while others bite at dusk and dawn.

Below are some tips to avoid mosquito bites and prevent mosquito-borne diseases:

  • If you are outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, be sure to wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes, and socks.
  • Wear light-colored clothing, which is less attractive to mosquitoes.
  • Use EPA-registered mosquito repellent and apply according to the label directions.
  • Wear clothing and gear treated with repellent.
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

Take Precautions

Richland Public Health officials are encouraging all Richland County residents to take precautions to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites and to reduce mosquito breeding sites near your home:

  • Recycle all unused tires or make sure they are not holding water. Each tire can become a breeding area for thousands of mosquitoes.
  • Eliminate all water-holding containers, such as tin cans and unused flower pots, from your property.
  • Eliminate or drain water features or areas on your property where standing water lasts more than seven (7) days.
  • Make sure all roof gutters are clean and drain properly.
  • Clean and chlorinate pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs.  Keep them empty when not in use and drain water from pool covers.
  • Change water in birdbaths weekly.
  • Change water in kiddie pools regularly and eliminate standing water that collects around the edges of the pools.

Richland Public Health conducts mosquito trapping and surveillance to know what areas are experiencing increased exposure and to identify the types of mosquitoes present.

In addition to trapping and surveillance, Richland Public Health conducts mosquito spraying, weather-permitting. During the active mosquito season those sprayings events are posted every Friday on the Richland Public Health website, Facebook and Twitter.

What Are the Symptoms of West Nile virus? 

  • Serious Symptoms in a Few People. About one in 150 people infected with WNV will develop severe illness. The severe symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. These symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent.
  • Milder Symptoms in Some People. Up to 20 percent of the people who become infected have symptoms such as fever, headache, and body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Symptoms can last for as short as a few days, though even healthy people have become sick for several weeks.
  • No Symptoms in Most People. Approximately 80 percent of people (about 4 out of 5) who are infected with WNV will not show any symptoms at all.
  • Anyone bitten by an infected mosquito could become ill. Children under age 16 are at greater risk of infection for La Crosse encephalitis.  Symptoms for La Crosse encephalitis are similar to those above but children under age 16 are more likely to develop severe illness. Symptoms may occur five to 15 days after a bite.

For additional  information on mosquitoes you can also call Environmental Health at 419-774-4520.

Link to the Ohio Department of Health information page on mosquitoes. Lots of links and downloadable information here.

2019 Vector Annual Report

A comprehensive yearly review of the Richland Public Health Vector Control Program

 

Mosquito Spraying 2020

Scroll Down: The Weekly Spraying schedule is listed after “Preventing Mosquito Bites“:

Preventing Mosquito Bites

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, which includes puddles, stagnant ditches, and containers such as old tires, buckets, cans, neglected swimming pools and flower pots. Mosquitoes can carry diseases, including West Nile Virus, which can cause serious illness. It is important to apply mosquito repellent when participating in any outdoor activity when mosquitoes are active.

Richland Public Health recommends following these tips to help avoid mosquito bites:

  •  Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.
  • Repair or replace all torn screens in your home.
  • Remove all discarded tires from your property.
  • Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water-holding containers.
  • Make sure roof gutters drain properly. Clean clogged gutters in the Spring and Fall.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs. If not in use, keep pools/saunas empty and covered.
  • Drain water from pool covers.
  • Change the water in birdbaths at least once a week.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows, etc. when not in use.
  • Clean ditches of obstructions so they drain properly.
  • Eliminate any standing water that collects on your property.
  • Check trees for cavities that hold water and fill them with soil, gravel, or sand.
  • Remind or help neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their properties.
  • Use insect repellent and follow the label directions.

Richland Public Health Mosquito Spraying Schedule

Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, in the following locations August 3 – August 7:

  • August 6 – South of Wharton Rd., North of Reynolds Rd., East of Reynolds Rd., West of Franklin Church Rd., Bloominggrove Township.  
  • August 6 – South of Taylortown Rd., North of Amoy West Rd., East of Plymouth Springmill Rd., West of Bowman St., Jackson Township.  
  • August 7 – South of Millsboro East Rd., North of Alta West Rd., East of Wiles Rd., West of Westover Ln., Springfield Township.
  • August 7 – South of Amoy-Pavonia Rd., North of Osbun Rd., East of Beal Rd., West of Cotter Rd., Weller Township.
  • August 7 – South of Windsor Rd., North of Hale Rd., East of Beal Rd., West of Cotter Rd., Mifflin Township.

All spraying will be conducted before dawn. This schedule is subject to change. Any schedule changes will be posted on the Richland Public Health social media and/or website.

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7/27/20  Richland County, Ohio – Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, in the following locations July 27 – July 31:

• July 30 – South of Straub Rd. W., North of W. Hanley Rd., East of Red Oak Dr., West of S. Main St., Mansfield City.

• July 30 – South of Sherwood Dr., North of W. Hanley Rd., East of Middle Bellville Rd., West of S. Main St., Washington Township.

• July 30 – South of Kirkwood Dr., North of W. Hanley Rd., East of Highlook Rd., West of Random St., City of Mansfield.

• July 30 – South of Straub Rd. W., North of Walnut Dr. S., East of US-42, West of Middle Bellville Rd., Washington Township.

• July 30 – South of Wharton Rd., North of Reynolds Rd., East of Reynolds Rd., West of Franklin Church Rd., Bloominggrove Township.

All spraying will be conducted before dawn. This schedule is subject to change. Any schedule changes will be posted on the Richland Public Health social media and/or website.

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7/20/20  Richland County, Ohio – Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, in the following locations July 20 – July 24:

• July 23 – South of Taylortown Rd., North of Myers Rd., East of George Hawk Rd., West of Plymouth Springmill Rd., Jackson Township. Rain date July 24, 2020.

• July 23 – South of Woodward Ave., North of Andover Rd., East of Marion Avenue Rd., West of Scholl Rd., Mansfield City. Rain date July 24, 2020.

• July 24 – Light and Life Camp.

All spraying will be conducted before dawn. This schedule is subject to change. Any schedule changes will be posted on the Richland Public Health social media and/or website at www.richlandhealth.org.

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7/13/20  Richland County, Ohio – Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, in the following locations July 13 – July 17:

  • July 15 – South of E. 1st, North of Brenda Dr., East of Luther St., West of S. Illinois Ave., Mansfield City.
  • July 15 – South of Satinwood Dr., North of Frontier Trail, East of Laver Rd., West of I-71, Mifflin Township.
  • July 15 – South of Amoy Pavonia Rd., North of Osbun Rd., East of Beal Rd., West of Cotter Rd., Weller Township.
  • July 15 – South of Windsor Rd., North of Hale Rd., East of Beal Rd., West of Bowen Rd., Mifflin Township.
  • July 15 – South of Kenmore Dr., North of Westover Ln., East of Lexington-Springmill S. Rd., West of S. Home Rd., Springfield Township.
  • July 15 – South of Kenmore Dr., North of Westover Ln., East of S. Home Rd., West of Deer Run Rd., Mansfield City.
  • July 15 – South of Millsboro East Rd., North of Alta West Rd., East of Chambers Rd., West of Westover Ln., Springfield Township.
  • July 15 – South of Stiving Rd., North of Walker Lake Rd., East of Burnison Rd., West of Lexington-Springmill N. Rd., Springfield Township.
  • July 15 – South of OH-97 E., North of Cassell Rd., East of Garber Rd., West of Mill Rd., Jefferson Township.

All spraying will be conducted before dawn. This schedule is subject to change. Any schedule changes will be posted on the Richland Public Health social media and/or website.

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6/29/20  Richland County, Ohio – Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, in the following locations June 29 – July 2:

  • July 1 – South of Taylortown Rd., North of Myers Rd., East of George Hawk Rd., West of Plymouth Springmill Rd., Jackson Township.
  • July 1 – South of Myers Rd., North of Amoy West Rd., East of Plymouth Springmill Rd., West of Bowman St., Jackson Township.
  • July 1 – South of US-30, North of Mansfield Wooster Rd., East of Koogle Rd., West of OH-603, Mifflin Township.
  • July 2 – South of Woodward Ave., North of Andover Rd., East of Marion Avenue Rd., West of Scholl Rd., Mansfield City.

All spraying will be conducted before dawn. This schedule is subject to change. Any schedule changes will be posted on the Richland Public Health social media and/or website at www.richlandhealth.org.

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Richland County, Ohio – Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, in the following locations June 22 – 26:

  • June 24 – South of Ridgestone Dr., North of Noblet Rd., East of Rudy Rd., West of Twitchell Rd., Springfield Township. Rain date June 26.
  • June 24 – South of Walker Lake Rd., North of US-30, East of Rock Rd., West of Old Oak Trail, Springfield Township. Rain date June 26.
  • June 24 – South of US-30, North of W. 4th St., East of Rock Rd., West of Beer Rd., Ontario City. Rain date June 26.
  • June 24 – South of Hook Rd., North of Snodgrass Rd., East of Horning Rd., West of Burnison Rd., Springfield Township. Rain date June 26.
  • June 24 – South of Hook Rd., North of Lincoln Highway, East of Thrush Rd., West of OH-314, Sandusky Township. Rain date June 26.
  • June 25 – South of Amoy-Pavonia Rd., North of Windsor Rd., East of Pavonia Rd., West of Bowen Rd., Weller Township. Rain date June 30.
  • June 25 – South of Windsor Rd., North of Hale Rd., East of Pavonia Rd., West of Bowen Rd., Mifflin Township. Rain date June 30.
  • June 25 – South of Amoy-Pavonia Rd., North of Windsor Rd., East of Pavonia Rd., West of Cotter Rd., Weller Township. Rain date June 30.
  • June 25 – South of Windsor Rd., North of Hale Rd., East of Beal Rd., West of Ashland Rd., Mifflin Township. Rain date June 30.
  • June 25 – South of OH-603, North of OH-96, East of OH-13, West of Franklin Church Rd., Weller Township. Rain date June 30.
  • June 25 – South of Noble Rd. W., North of Free Rd., East of Superior St., West of Planktown Rd., Shiloh Village. Rain date June 30.

All spraying will be conducted before dawn. This schedule is subject to change. Any schedule changes will be posted on the Richland Public Health social media and/or website at www.richlandhealth.org.

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Richland County, Ohio – Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, in the following locations June 15 – 19:

  • June 18 – South of Kenmore Dr., North of Westover Ln., East of Lexington-Springmill Rd. S., West of S. Home Rd., Springfield Township.
  • June 18 – South of S. Lascerne Cir., North of Westover Ln., East of S. Home Rd., West of S. Trimble Rd.,Mansfield City.
  • June 18 – South of Millsboro E. Rd., North of Marion Avenue Rd., East of Lexington-Springmill S. Rd., West of S. Home Rd., Springfield Township.
  • June 18 – South of Millsboro East Rd., North of Alta West Rd., East of Wiles Rd., West of Westover Ln., Springfield Township.
  • June 19 – South of Stiving Rd., North of Walker Lake Rd., East of Burnison Rd., West of Lewis Rd., Springfield Township.
  • June 19 – South of Snodgrass Rd., North of Milligan Rd., East of SR 314, West of Rock Rd., Ontario City.
  • June 19 – South of Ridgestone Dr., North of Noblet Rd., East of Rudy Rd., West of Twitchell Rd., Springfield Township.
  • June 19 – Happy Hollow Camp.

All spraying will be conducted before dawn. This schedule is subject to change. Any schedule changes will be posted on the Richland Public Health social media and/or website at www.richlandhealth.org.

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Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, in the following locations during the week of: June 9-11, 2020.

June 9 – South of Woodward Ave., North of Andover Rd., East of Marion Avenue Rd., West of Scholl Rd., Mansfield City.

June 9 – South of OH-39, North of US-30, East of North Home Rd., West of Concord Ave., City of Mansfield.

June 9 – South of Straub Rd. W., North of W. Hanley Rd., East of Red Oak Dr., West of S. Main St., Mansfield City.

June 9 – South of Kirkwood Dr., North of W. Hanley Rd., East of Highlook Rd., West of Random St., City of Mansfield.

June 9 – South of Straub Rd. W., North of Walnut Dr. S., East of US-42, West of Middle Bellville Rd., Washington Township.

June 11 – South of August Dr., North of Millsboro East Rd., East of Chambers Rd., West of Creston Rd., Ontario City.

June 11 – South of Snodgrass Rd., North of Milligan Rd., East of SR 314, West of Rock Rd., Ontario City.

June 11 – South of August Dr., North of Kenmore Dr., East of Homewood Rd., West of Lynn Dr., Ontario City.

June 11 – South of Grace Ave., North of Millsboro East Rd., East of Lexington-Springmill Rd., West of Avalon Dr., Springfield Township.

All spraying will be conducted before dawn. This schedule is subject to change. Any schedule changes will be posted on the Richland Public Health social media and/or website at www.richlandhealth.org.

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