TCHD: Keeping Your Family Free From Mosquito-Borne Illness

TCHD: Keeping Your Family Free From Mosquito-Borne Illness – Did you know the Tuscarawas County Health Department are mosquito-fighting heroes? Learn more about how they help keep your family free from mosquito-borne illness right here on Newsymom!

This is Public Health is brought to you in partnership with the Tuscarawas County Health Department.

When you think of the Tuscarawas County Health Department, what’s the first thing that pops into mind?

Is it vaccines? Reproductive health testing? Food safety?

Well, yes to all of those things! However, the Tuscarawas County Health Department also fights mosquito-borne illness, protecting your family from being exposed to diseases such as the West Nile virus.

How Does the TCHD Keep You Safe?

The Tuscarawas County Health Department sends their environmental health professionals to set up traps all across the county. These traps help to determine if groups of mosquitoes test positive for disease, such as the West Nile virus. 

Those samples are then sent to the Ohio Department of Health for testing. When a positive result for illness comes back, the Tuscarawas County Health Department issues a news release and plans to spray that area to help prevent the spread of illness!

How Can You Keep Your Family Safe From Mosquito-Borne Illness?

Avoiding as many mosquito bites as possible is the first step of preventing mosquito-borne illness! Follow these tips from the Tuscarawas County Health Department to keep your family safe this summer:

  • Wear insect repellent!
  • During outdoor excursions, cover your body with long-sleeve shirts, long pants, and socks with closed shoes. (Pro Tip: Spray some insect repellant on your clothes as mosquitoes can bite through thin fabrics!)
  • Get rid of standing water in pet dishes, flower pots, gutters, etc. to avoid breeding of more mosquitoes.
  • Avoid outdoor activities during dusk or dawn when mosquitoes are the most active.
  • Make sure all your windows have screens that are in good repair to keep out bugs when you need to cool down your home! (Or crank up the A/C.)
This is a press release the TCHD issues whenever there’s a positive testing for a mosquito-borne illness. They’ll share some guidelines with what they plan to do next to reduce the infected mosquito population!

What Are Some Examples of Mosquito-Borne Illness?

Some examples of mosquito-borne illness include:

Keep Your Community Mosquito-Borne Illness Free

Taking action to prevent swarms of mosquitoes in your community is a great step to ensuring a fun, bite-free summer! You can help yourself and your community when you do the following:

  • Reduce the amount of water used in your yard.
  • Eliminate any stagnant bodies of water in your yard.
  • Report any stagnant water, swarms of mosquitoes, or dead birds in parks or rights-of-way to the TCHD.

It’s the TCHD’s mission to keep your family healthy and having fun this whole summer! Check out the Tuscarawas County Health Department’s Mosquito Control Policy by clicking the link to learn more about their plan for mosquito populations in Tuscarawas County.

The Tuscarawas County Health Department is here to help families thrive all summer long! For more information, call 330-343-5555, ext. 100 or visit them on Facebook (@tchdnow) or at

Melissa Klatt


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