Mosquitoes on arm


Mosquitoes are a vector of concern as they can carry and transmit a wide variety of diseases in Ohio including West Nile Virus and La Crosse encephalitis. They are also a vital part of the ecosystem and not all species carry diseases. This is why the Hocking County Health Department uses an integrated pest management program (IPM) to control mosquito populations including educating the public, mosquito surveillance, draining or removing breeding sites, applying larvacide to prevent mosquito larva from developing into biting adults, and as a last resort, spraying adult mosquito populations when needed.


Hocking County Surveillance Program


Fight the Bite -

How to Prevent Mosquito-Borne Diseases


Help reduce the number of mosquitoes by removing all standing water

  • Mosquitoes can grow in any container that holds water for more than 1 week such as pop cans,
  • buckets, pool covers and pet dishes.
  • Change water in birdbaths weekly
  • Keep gutters clear
  • Fix outdoor leaking faucets


Mosquito proof your home

  • Keep weed/grass cut short
  • Seal broken or cracked septic lids
  • Install or repair all window and door screens