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.

2018 Vector Annual Report

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

 

Mosquito Spraying 2019

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 during the week of August 19 – August 23:

  • August 22 – South of Kerr Rd., North of OH-39, East of Lucas North Rd., West of Mt. Zion Rd., Monroe township.

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Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, in the following locations during the week of August 12 – August 16:

  • August 14 – South of Walker Lake Rd., North of U.S.-30, East of Rock Rd., West of Lewis Rd., Springfield township.
  • August 14 – South of U.S.-30, North of W. 4th, East of Rock Rd., West of Beer Rd., Ontario City.
  • August 14 – South of Millsboro E. Rd., North of Marion Avenue Rd., East of Lexington-Springmill Rd. S., West of S. Home Rd., Springfield township.

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Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, in the following locations during the week of August 5 – August 9:

  • August 8 – South of Straub Rd. W., North of W. Hanley Rd., East of Red Oak Dr., West of S. Main St., Mansfield City.
  • August 8 – South of Sherwood Dr., North of W. Hanley Rd., East of Middle Bellville Rd., West of Cloverdale Dr., Washington township.
  • August 8 – Happy Hollow Day Camp.
  • August 9 – South of Crimson Rd., North of Kerr Rd., East of Wigton Rd., West of Sylvan Dr., Mifflin township.
  • August 9 – South of Mt. Zion Rd., North of Kerr Rd., East of Wigton Rd., West of Harlan Rd., Monroe township.
  • August 9 – South of Shelby-Ganges Rd., North of OH-96, East of Technology Pkwy., West of Bowman St., Jackson township.

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Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, in the following locations during the week of July 29 – August 2:

• July 31 – South of Hillcrest St., North of Logan Rd., East of Larchwood Rd., West of OH-13, Mansfield City.
• August 1 – South of W. Hanley Rd., North of Orchard Park Rd., East of US-42, West of Middle Bellville Rd., Washington Township.
• August 1 – Shelby Country Club.
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Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, in the following locations during the week of July 22 – July 26:

  • July 23 – South of E. 1st, North of Plainview Ave., East of Woodville Rd., West of S. Illinois Ave., Mansfield City.
  • July 23 – South of Spayde Rd., North of Bellville-Johnsville Rd., East of Ritter Rd., West of OH-97 W., Jefferson township.
  • July 24 – South of Walnut St., North of Parcel Rd., East of Brooks Ct., West of Mill St., Plymouth Village.
  • July 24 – Light & Life Christian Camp.
  • July 25 – South of Wharton Rd., North of Reynolds Rd., East of Reynolds Rd., West of Franklin Church Rd., Bloominggrove township.
  • July 25 – South of Noble Rd. W., North of Free Rd., East of Bowman St., West of Planktown Rd., Village of Shiloh.
  • July 26 – South of Taylortown Rd., North of Myers Rd., East of Rock Rd., West of Plymouth Springmill Rd., Jackson township.
  • July 26 – South of Taylortown Rd., North of Amoy West Rd., East of Plymouth Springmill Rd., West of Bowman St., Jackson township.

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Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, in the following locations during the week of July 15 – July 19:

  • July 16 – South of Amoy West Rd., North of Neff Rd., East of Rock Rd., West of Springmill Rd., Jackson Township.
  • July 16 – South of Myers Rd., North of Cairns Rd., East of Rock Rd., West of Kline Rd., Jackson Township.

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Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, in the following locations during the week of July 8 – July 12:

  • July 8 – South of Lucas Dr., North of E. Hanley Rd., East of I-71, West of Pulver Rd., Washington Township.
  • July 8 – South of Amoy-Pavonia Rd., North of Hale Rd., East of Pavonia Rd., West of Bowen Rd., Weller Township.
  • July 8 – South of Amoy Pavonia Rd., North of Hale Rd., East of Beal Rd., West of Bowen Rd., Weller Township.
  • July 8 – Light & Life Christian Camp.
  • July 9 – South of Millsboro East Rd., North of Alta West Rd., East of Wiles Rd., West of Westover Ln., Springfield Township.
  • July 9 – South of Walker Lake Rd., North of W. 4th St., East of Rock Rd., West of Ferguson Rd., Springfield Township.
  • July 9 – South of US-30, North of August Dr., East of Stumbo Rd. N., West of N. Home Rd., Ontario City.
  • July 10 – South of Noble Rd. W., North of Free Rd., East of Bowman St., West of Planktown Rd., Village of Shiloh

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Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, in the following locations during the week of July 1 – July 5:

  • July 2 – South of Straub Rd. W., North of Walnut Dr. S., East of US-42, West of Middle Bellville Rd., Washington Township.
  • July 2 – South of Kirkwood Dr., North of W. Hanley Rd., East of Highlook Rd., West of Random St., City of Mansfield.
  • July 2 – South of Lucas Dr., North of E. Hanley Rd., East of I-71, West of Pulver Rd., Washington Township.
  • July 2 – South of Sherwood Dr., North of W. Hanley Rd., East of Middle Bellville Rd., West of Cloverdale Dr., Washington Township.
  • July 2 – South of Karlson Dr., North of W. Hanley Rd., East of Chelsea Dr., West of Nottingham Ct., City of Mansfield.
  • July 2 – South of Amoy-Pavonia Rd., North of Hale Rd., East of Pavonia Rd., West of Bowen Rd., Weller Township.
  • July 2 – South of Amoy Pavonia Rd., North of Hale Rd., East of Beal Rd., West of Bowen Rd., Weller Township.
  • July 3 – Light & Life Christian Camp.
  • July 3 – South of Millsboro East Rd., North of Alta West Rd., East of Wiles Rd., West of Westover Ln., Springfield Township.
  • July 3 – South of Walker Lake Rd., North of W. 4th, East of Rock Rd., West of Ferguson Rd., Springfield Township.
  • July 3 – South of US-30, North of August Dr., East of Stumbo Rd. N., West of N. Home Rd., Ontario City.

Note: If spraying locations cannot be fully completed, then they will be moved to the following day.

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.

Richland Public Health has obtained a new electric mosquito sprayer that is quieter than our other existing sprayer, therefore you may not hear the sprayer during the spraying event.

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Due to the rains this week, Richland Public Health has only one area scheduled for spraying on Friday. We will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, in the following locations during the week of June 18 – June 21:

  • June 21 – South of Crider Road, North of Mansfield Wooster Road, East of Laver Road, West of Koogle Road, 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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Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, in the following locations during the week of June 10 – June 14:

  • June 11 – South of Park Ave. W., North of Ruth Ave., East of Marion Avenue Rd., West of S. Main St., Mansfield City.
  •  June 12 – Light & Life Christian Camp.  
  • June 12 – South of Wharton Rd., North of Reynolds Rd., East of Reynolds Rd., West of Franklin Church Rd., Bloominggrove township.
  • June 12 – South of Sampsel 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 at www.richlandhealth.org.

Richland Public Health has obtained a new electric mosquito sprayer that is quieter than our other existing sprayer, therefore you may not hear the sprayer during the spraying event.

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Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, in the following locations during the week of June 3 – June 7, 2019:

  • Tuesday, June 4 – South of Logan Rd., North of Straub Rd. W., East of Cape Cod Dr., West of S. Main St., City of Mansfield.
  • Tuesday, June 4 – South of Scenic Dr., North of Straub Rd., East of Nantucket Dr., West of OH-13, Washington Township.
  • Tuesday, June 4 – South of Woodward Ave., North of Andover Rd., East of Marion Avenue Rd., West of Scholl Rd., Mansfield City.
  • Wednesday, June 5 – South of Armstrong St., North of Reed St, East of Bryden Rd., West of Tracy St., Mansfield City.
  • Wednesday, June 5 – South of August Dr., North of Kenmore Dr., East of Homewood Rd., West of Lynn Dr., Ontario City. Rain date June 6.
  • Wednesday, June 5 – South of Grace Ave., North of Millsboro East Rd., East of Lexington-Springmill Rd., West of Avalon Dr., Springfield township. Rain date June 6.
  • Thursday, June 6 – South of August Dr., North of Millsboro East Rd., East of Chambers Rd., West of Creston Rd., Ontario City.
  • Thursday, June 6 – South of Mabee Rd., North of Beverly Ln., East of E. Debby Ln., West of Beer Rd., Ontario City.

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