Summit County Public Health is entering its 40th year of providing mosquito control for residents. The program, which began in 1976, was a result of LaCrosse encephalitis outbreaks within the county.
Due to the West Nile Virus (WNV) outbreak in the U.S. in 1999, SCPH increased its focus on surveillance to detect mosquitoes carrying disease. Surveillance consists of setting 21 strategically located mosquito traps per day in Summit County. The mosquitoes are sent to the Ohio Department of Health for testing for West Nile Virus. This provides SCPH with information on locations of any infected mosquitoes within the county and where to best focus our mosquito reduction efforts.
In recent years SCPH has transitioned away from using organophosphate based pesticides to more environmentally friendly and less toxic products. Currently SCPH is using bacteria based products to help control larval mosquito populations as well as the least toxic adulticide spray available to the industry. These products are effective at controlling mosquito populations while having very limited impact on non-target species.
In addition, SCPH is excited to announce that we are integrating specialized computer software into our program which will help us increase program efficiency while better helping to identify areas where mosquito activity may impact human health.
SCPH continues to provide education to the public on mosquito breeding sites around the home, mosquito testing for encephalitis, treating areas of standing water for mosquito larva, and evening spraying in areas where mosquitoes are cause for concern.
The mosquito program has four components:
- Education and Source Reduction. This component consists of cultural practices such as applying repellents and reducing mosquito breeding sites.
- Surveillance entails trapping of mosquitoes to determine if the encephalitis virus is present.
- Larviciding is the daytime treatment of standing water areas that breed mosquitoes.
- Adulticiding is the evening spraying of residential streets to reduce the number of adult mosquitoes.
The surveillance and larviciding components normally start in April while the adulticiding operations start in June. All operations are usually completed in September. These efforts are designed to reduce the possibility of an encephalitis outbreak.
To reach the Mosquito Control program, please call 330-926-5600.
For the mosquito spray schedule, click on the link above, or call 330-926-5667.
For more information on mosquitoes, please click on the More Information • Forms tab above.