PREVENTION: MOSQUITO BORNE DISEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Preventing Mosquito borne Disease
06/01/21 FAIRFIELD COUNTY, OHIO -- The Fairfield County Health Department reminds residents to take steps to protect themselves from West Nile Virus and other mosquito borne diseases as we enter the summer months.
Warming weather and stagnant water have resulted in an increase in the number of mosquitoes present across the county. According to Joe Ebel, Health Commissioner, “Our department has seen an increase in complaints about mosquitoes. We will be launching our mosquito surveillance and testing program later this month which will help us better identify disease hot spots.”
To avoid possible infection from mosquito bites:
- Consider avoiding outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
- If you must be outdoors, be sure to wear light-colored clothing, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, shoes and socks to protect against mosquito bites.
- Use U.S. EPA registered insect repellents and follow the label directions.
To eliminate mosquito breeding sites near your home:
- Eliminate all areas of standing water from your property such as discarded tires and other water-holding containers like tin cans and unused flower pots.
- Make sure all roof gutters are clean and properly draining.
- Clean and chlorinate pools and hot tubs, even those that are not being used, and drain water from pool covers.
- Change water in bird baths weekly.
- Install or repair screens on windows and doors.
For more information, contact the Fairfield County Health Department at (740) 652-2800.