(Dover, Ohio) – It’s summertime—a time for fun in the sun, making special memories with family and friends, and for biting mosquitos. But, you don’t have to let mosquitos ruin your summer plans.
This is Public Health is an informational series brought to you by the Tuscarawas County Health Department.
Our experts here at the Tuscarawas County Health Department (TCHD) recommend the following best practice steps to help prevent mosquito-borne disease in your area or property:
- Make sure that doors and windows have tightly-fitted screens.
- Remove all discarded tires from your property.
- Make sure roof gutters drain properly.
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools and outdoor hot tubs. When not in use, keep covered or drained.
- Change water in birdbaths at least once per week.
Additionally, TCHD works within Tuscarawas County to help protect residents through its mosquito control program. The primary focus of our mosquito program is to reduce the incidence of mosquito-borne diseases. Our work involves larvaciding early in the mosquito season. Larvaciding lets us control or minimize the number of adults capable of breeding and/or biting.
As the mosquito population begins to grow, adulticiding (controlling mosquitos when they are mature adults) becomes necessary. TCHD’s mosquito control plan is consistent with the practice of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM allows for the safest and most effective method of mosquito control.
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Experts agree that West Nile Virus (WNV) is here to stay. The Tuscarawas County Health Department cooperates with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) in mosquito trapping. Mosquito trapping and testing are used in Tuscarawas County as a tool for early detection of possible WNV activity in an area. This year, due to budget cuts at the Ohio Department of Health, this service will no longer be available to local health departments.
Larvaciding and adulticiding are portions of our Integrated Pest Management for the control of mosquitoes. Residents may contact us at the Tuscarawas County Health Department regarding concerns over possible mosquito breeding areas and their treatment. We can be reached at 330-343-5555, ext. 118 or firstname.lastname@example.org. When necessary, our department will use adulticiding as a means of mosquito control. The Tuscarawas County Health Department is very committed to using the safest chemicals available.
For more information visit our website at www.tchdnow.org.