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Mosquito Control Program

Mosquito Control Program

West Nile Virus (WNV) 

About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms. About 1 out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness. Cases of WNV occur during mosquito season, which starts in the summer and continues through fall. WNV is contracted from a mosquito bite of the Culex species which are day time or night time biters. There are no vaccines known to work at this time.

                             Symptoms

  • Most people infected do not feel sick if they contract WNV (8 out of 10)

  • Mild symptoms (1 out of 5) include: fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most people with this type of West Nile virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.

  • Serious symptoms (1 out of 150) include: develop a severe illness affecting the central nervous system such as encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord).

See a healthcare provider if you develop any symptoms above, as they can order tests for WNV. Over-the-counter pain relivers can be used to reduce fevers/relieve some symptoms

Zika Virus

Zika virus is contracted from a mosquito bite of the Aedes species which are day time or night time biters. There are no vaccines known to work at this time. There are no current cases of Zika Virus in the United States. Transmission from an infected mother to fetus can cause birth defects. The virus may also be transmitted between sexual partners (infected to noninfected) but can be prevented through use of condoms (male or female).

                    Symptoms

                               

Most people infected with Zika do not have symptoms or have very mild ones. These may include

  • Fever

  • Rash

  • Joint pain

  • Muscle pain

  • Headache

  • Conjunctivitis (eye irritation)

Zika virus usually lasts several days to a week, people do not get sick enough to go to hospital and rarely die from Zika. You should be tested within the week that symptoms begin and if you have traveled to an area of high risk for Zika.

Prevention

Mosquito Bite Prevention

Ways to reduce the risk of mosquito bites include wearing long sleeve shirts/pants, using insect repellent, avoiding areas with standing water sources. For children, dress them in long clothes, cover stroller/baby carrier with mosquito net, follow the label on repellent to apply properly.

 

*If you are also applying sunscreen, apply sunscreen FIRST then repellent

Insect Repellent

Always read the label and warnings to decide if repellents are appropriate for children or not. When applying on children, adults need to spray on hands and gently rub on child’s face avoiding the eyes, mouth, nose, and cuts.

To find the EPS-approved list of repellents for mosquitos and ticks, please go to https://www.epa.gov/insect-repellents/find-repellent-right-you

Population Control

To reduce your risk OUTSIDE your home things to practice include:

  • Once a week, scrub empty, cover, turn over and remove standing water from household items like buckets, tires, birdbaths, pools, flowerpots (as it acts as a breeding ground)

  • Tightly cover water storage containers (buckets, cisterns, rain barrels) so mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay eggs.

  • For containers without lids, use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.

  • Fill tree holes to prevent them from filling with water.

  • If you have a septic tank, repair cracks or gaps. Cover open vent or plumbing pipes. Use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.

    To reduce risk INSIDE your home things to practice include:

    • Install/repair or use window and screen doors

    • Close doors (including garage doors) do not leave doors propped open

    • Use air conditioning when possible

    • Once a week, scrub empty, cover, turn over and remove standing water from household items like vases and flowerpots (as it acts as a breeding ground)

    • Hire a pest control professional to treat places inside your home

    Program Activities

    Mosquito Trapping

    In Morgan County mosquito trapping is an activity we do from the months of May to September in all 14 townships across the county.

    Trapping is an important part of identifying different species that live in the county. Through trapping, we are able to test those that we trap to identify mosquitoes infected with WNV and Zika in the county. By having the data from the Ohio Department of Health we are able to inform the public on our findings.

    If you see a trap, pictured like the one here, please DO NOT tamper with it, throw it away, or move it as it is doing its job!

    County-Level Population Control

    MCHD will be using larvicide water tablets and adulticide spray to control mosquito populations within Morgan County. A tire cleanup will be hosted by the department, dates & locations will be announced later this year.

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    Monday – Friday
    8:00am – 4:00pm

    CONTACT

    PHONE

    (740)962-4572

    Fax Number

    (740)962-3271

    MAIL

    Jordan.huck@morgancounty-oh.gov

    ADDRESS

    4275 N State Route 376,

    McConnelsville, Ohio 43756