MAHONING CO., Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning County Public Health Department has received a 2020 Ohio EPA Mosquito Control Grant to help pay for mosquito control measures.
One of those measures includes spraying for adult mosquitoes, called “adulticiding.”
Spraying will help reduce the population of mosquitoes and help prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as the West Nile Virus.
These adult mosquitoes are the ones we normally see flying around at night.
The product will kill mosquitoes, flies and gnats and will linger in the air for about 30 to 40 minutes.
Mahoning County Health Commissioner Ryan Tekac said the “knockdown” product will be sprayed in populated areas, homes, campgrounds and some parks in the county.
Adult mosquito control will occur in the following limited areas:
- Austintown – July 14 and August 6
- Boardman – July 15 and August 11
- Struthers – July 16 and August 12
- Canfield – July 10 and August 13
- Poland – July 21 and August 17
- Campbell – July 29 and August 18
- Canfield Fairgrounds, Chaparral Campgrounds, Western Reserve Campgrounds and Green Twp. Park – July 27 and August 20
- Sebring, Beloit, Lakeside Campground and Lake Milton KOA Campground – July 28 and August 24
- Youngstown (east side) – July 30 and August 25
- Mill Creek Park, Boardman Park, Austintown Park and Canfield Park – August 3 and August 27
- Lowellville, New Middletown and Poland Park – August 4 and August 31
Spraying will be performed between dusk and dawn, and if rainy or windy conditions are present, spraying will be postponed.
Please remember that many mosquito problems are the result of breeding sites around the home. Spraying is not effective in controlling the breeding sites of mosquitos.
“We just asked that residents do their part and help us out and try to eliminate that standing water around your houses to break up that breeding cycle,” Tekac said.
The following practices should be followed to help eliminate mosquito breeding sites around the home:
- Empty or throw away containers in your yard that can collect water such as tires, buckets, bottles, toys, etc.
- Change water in pet bowls, birdbaths and flowerpot saucers at least twice a week
- Clean clogged rain gutters
- Repair leaky outdoor faucets
- Keep water from accumulating on tarps and boat covers
Bio-friendly larvacides, commonly known as “mosquito dunks,” can be purchased at local garden and hardware stores. These will control larval growth in wet areas around the home for several weeks without harming other animals.
You can protect yourself from mosquito bites by:
- Covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and long pants
- Avoiding outdoor activity when mosquitoes are most active such as dusk and dawn
- Avoiding areas with heavy mosquito activity
- Using repellents on exposed skin – always read and follow the label instructions
- Inspecting window and door screens and repair any holes
Also, if you have any beehives, call the Environmental Health Division at 330-270-2855 so spraying can be avoided in those locations.