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.

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.

Ohio Vectorborne Disease Surveillance Update

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

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.

 

Mosquito Spraying 2021

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

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.

RPH Mosquito Spraying Schedule: September 9
Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, at the following locations on September 9:
• South of Vantilburg Rd., North of Pavonia East Rd., East of Pavonia North Rd., West of OH-603, Weller township.
• South of Donnenwirth Ave., North of Parcel Rd., East of Fenner Rd., West of Willet Rd., Plymouth Village.
• South of Crider Rd., North of OH-430, East of Ironwood Dr., West of Koogle Rd., Mifflin township.
• South of Fleming Falls Rd., North of Wedgewood Dr., East of Laver Rd., West of Koogle Rd., Mifflin township.
Alternate date for all locations is September 13.

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RPH Mosquito Spraying Schedule: September 2 

Richland County, Ohio – Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, at the following location on September 2, 2021:

  • September 2 – South of OH-97, North of Wagner Rd., East of Ankneytown Rd., West of Garber Rd., Jefferson township.

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Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, at the following locations on August 27:
• South of Crimson Rd., North of Sylvan Dr., East of Wallace Rd., West of Harlan Rd., Mifflin township.
• South of Crimson Rd., North of Kerr Rd., East of Wigton Rd., West of Harlan Rd., Monroe township.
• South of OH-603, North of OH-96, East of OH-13, West of Franklin Church Rd., Weller township.
Rain date for all locations will be September 2, 2021.

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RPH Mosquito Spraying Schedule: August 25

Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, at this location August 25, 2021:

  • August 25 – Light & Life Camp. Rain dates August 26 and August 27, 2021.

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RPH Mosquito Spraying Schedule: August 16 – 20

Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, at the following locations August 16 – August 20, 2021:

  • August 19 – South of Myers Rd., North of Springmill West Rd., East of Rock Rd., West of OH-39, Jackson township. Rain date August 20, 2021.
  • August 19 – South of Wharton Rd., North of OH-96, East of Reynolds Rd., West of Franklin Church Rd., Bloominggrove township. Rain date August 20, 2021.

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RPH Mosquito Spraying Schedule: August 13 

Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, at the following locations on Friday:

  • August 13 – South of Taylortown Rd., North of Myers Rd., East of George Hawk Rd., West of Plymouth Springmill Rd., Jackson township.
  • August 13 – South of Crider Rd., North of Mansfield Wooster Rd., East of Koogle Rd., West of OH-603, Mifflin township.

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RPH Mosquito Spraying Schedule: August 2 – August 6

Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, at the following locations August 2 – August 6, 2021:

  • August 4 – South of Woodward Ave., North of W. Cook Rd., East of S. Trimble Rd., West of Harter Ave., Mansfield City. Alternate date August 6, 2021.
  • August 4 – South of Chilton Ave., North of Logan Rd., East of Laurelwood Rd., West of OH-13, Mansfield City. Alternate date August 6, 2021.
  • August 5 – South of Springmill St., North of US-30, East of N. Home Rd., West of Trimble Rd., Mansfield City. Alternate date August 6, 2021.
  • August 5 – South of Taylortown Rd., North of Stiving Rd., East of Rock Rd., West of Plymouth-Springmill Rd., Jackson township. Alternate date August 6, 2021.
  • August 5 – South of Holtz Rd., North of Myers Rd., East of Laser Rd., West of Bowman St., Jackson township. Alternate date August 6, 2021.

— Additional Location added, August 4

  • August 5: South of Plymouth East Rd., North of E. Main St., East of Pleasant St., West of North St., Plymouth Village.

    Please note:  If you choose not to have your property sprayed, please email your names, complete address, and request to adstain from spraying to: envhealth@richlandhealth.org

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RPH Mosquito Spraying schedule: July 26 – July 30, 2021

  • July 28 – South of E. Main St., North of W. High St., East of Bell St., West of Mill St., Plymouth Village.
  • July 28 – South of Myers Rd., North of Stine Rd., East of Stiving Rd., West of OH-39, Jackson Township.
  • July 28 – Light & Life Camp.
  • July 30 – Mansfield Christian School.
  • July 30 – River Trail Crossing Campground.
  • July 30 – South of Eisenhower Ave., North of Orchard Park Rd., East of Lexington Ave., West of Hunters Ridge, Washington Township.
  • July 30 – South of Alexander Rd., North of Bellville-Johnsville Rd., East of Mill Run Rd., West of OH-97, Jefferson Township.

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RPH Mosquito Spraying Schedule: July 19 – July 23, 2021

Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, at the following locations July 19 – July 23, 2021:
• July 21 – South of Noble Rd. W., North of Free Rd., East of Bowman St., West of Planktown Rd., Shiloh Village. Rain date July 22, 2021.
• July 21 – South of OH-97, North of Durbin Rd., East of Ankneytown Rd., West of Garber Rd., Jefferson Township. Rain date July 22, 2021.

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RPH Mosquito Spraying Schedule: July 12 – July 16, 2021

Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, at the following locations July 12 – July 16, 2021:

  • July 14 – South of Amoy-Pavonia Rd., North of Windsor Rd., East of Pavonia Rd., West of Cotter Rd., Weller Township. Rain date July 15, 2021.
  • July 14 – South of Windsor Rd., North of Hale Rd., East of Beal Rd., West of Bowen Rd., Mifflin Township. Rain date July 15, 2021.
  • July 14 – South of Amoy-Pavonia Rd., North of Osbun Rd., East of Beal Rd., West of Cotter Rd., Weller Township. Rain date July 15, 2021.
  • July 14 – South of Windsor Rd., North of Hale Rd., East of Beal Rd., West of Bowen Rd., Mifflin Township. Rain date July 15, 2021.
  • July 14 – South of Myers Rd., North of Stiving Rd., East of Rock Rd., West of Kline Rd., Jackson Township. Rain date July 15, 2021.
  • July 14 – South of Myers Rd., North of Cairns Rd., East of OH-39, West of Kline Rd., Jackson Township. Rain date July 15, 2021.

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RPH Mosquito Spraying Schedule: July 6 – July 9, 2021

Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, at the following locations July 6 – July 9, 2021:

  • July 7 – South of Stiving Rd., North of US-30, East of Burnison Rd., West of Lewis Rd., Springfield Township. Rain date July 9, 2021.
  • July 7 – South of Walker Lake Rd., North of US-30, East of Rock Rd., West of Lexington-Springmill Rd., Springfield Township. Rain date July 9, 2021.
  • July 7 – South of US-30, North of W. 4th, East of Rock Rd., West of Beer Rd., Ontario City. Rain date July 9, 2021.
  • July 7 – South of Hook Rd., North of Snodgrass Rd., East of Horning Rd., West of Burnison Rd., Springfield Township. Rain date July 9, 2021.
  • July 7 – South of Tommy Ln., North of Millsboro West Rd., East of Pinkney Rd., West of Rudy Rd., Springfield Township. Rain date July 9, 2021.
  • July 7 – South of Taylortown Rd., North of Myers Rd., East of George Hawk Rd., West of Plymouth Springmill Rd., Jackson Township. Rain date July 9, 2021.

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RPH Mosquito Spraying Schedule: June 28 – July 2

Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, at the following locations June 28 – July 2, 2021:

  • June 29 – South of Reynolds Rd., North of OH-96., East of Rome South Rd., West of OH-13, Franklin Township. Rain date June 30, 2021.
  • June 29 – South of Ferguson Rd., North of OH-309, East of Stumbo Rd. N., West of US-30, Ontario City. Rain date June 30, 2021
  • June 29 – South of Kerr Rd., North of OH-39, East of Lucas North Rd., West of Mount Zion Rd., Monroe Township. Rain date June 30, 2021.
  • July 1 – South of E. 3rd, North of Ford St., East of Distl Ave., West of Oak St., Mansfield City. Rain date July 2, 2021.
  • July 1 – South of Spring St., North of Marshall Ave., East of N. Diamond St., West Smith Ave., Mansfield City. Rain date July 2, 2021.

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Richland County, Ohio – Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, at the following locations June 21-25, 2021:

Unable to spray June 23. Schedule changes to this (weather permitting):
  • June 24 – Happy Hollow Camp. Rain date June 25, 2021.
  • June 24 – Light & Life Camp. Rain date June 25, 2021.
  • June 24 – South of Bricker Rd., North of Chesrown Rd. E., East of OH-13, West of Franklin Church Rd., Franklin Township. Rain date June 25, 2021.
  • June 25 – River Trail Crossing.
  • June 25 – South of Gatton Rock Rd., North of Cassell Rd., East of Garber Rd., West of Mill Rd., Jefferson Township.
  • June 25 – South of Kerr Rd., North of OH-39, East of Lucas North Rd., West of Mount Zion Rd., Monroe Township.

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Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, at the following locations June 14-18, 2021:

  • June 16 – River Trail Crossing.
  • June 16 – Happy Hollow Camp.
  • June 17 – South of Bricker Rd., North of Chesrown Rd. E., East of OH-13, West of Franklin Church Rd., Franklin Township.
  • June 17 – South of Kerr Rd., North of OH-39, East of Lucas North Rd., West of Mount Zion Rd., Monroe Township.

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Richland County, Ohio – Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, at the following locations June 7-11, 2021:

  • Straub Rd. W., North of W. Hanley Rd., East of Sandy Hill Ln., West of Nottingham Ct., Mansfield City. Rain date June 10, 2021.
  • Sherwood Dr., North of W. Hanley Rd., East of Middle Bellville Rd., West of Cloverdale Dr., Washington township. Rain date June 10, 2021.
  • Straub Rd. W., North of W. Hanley Rd., East of Red Oak Dr., West of Ranchwood Dr., Mansfield City. Rain date June 10, 2021.
  • Sherwood Dr., North of W. Hanley Rd., East of Middle Bellville Rd., West of Cloverdale Dr., Washington township. Rain date June 10, 2021.
  • Pearce Dr., North of Marion Avenue Rd., East of S. Home Rd. West of S. Trimble Rd., Mansfield City. Rain date June 11, 2021.
  • Eisenhower Ave., North of Orchard Park Rd., East of Lexington Ave., West of Bella Vista Ave., Washington township. Rain date June 11, 2021.

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RPH Mosquito Spraying Schedule: Richland Public Health will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, at the following location(s):

  • June 4 – Light and Life Camp.

Educational Resources

Fight the Bite Brochure
Prevent Mosquito Breeding Around the Home
Mosquito Bites are Bad! (coloring book)
Find the Repellent that is Right for YOU

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