Mosquitoes: More than a nuisance

Posted on: July 25, 2017

Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as West Nile Virus, St. Louis encephalitis, Zika, and Chikungunya, which is why every year the Lorain County General Health District:

  • Monitors mosquito prevalence.
  • Tests local mosquitoes for disease activity.
  • Responds to community needs and educate residents to reduce mosquito-transmitted diseases.
  • Sprays areas with high mosquito populations.

Everyone can do something to reduce mosquitoes near their home and to protect themselves:

  • Remove standing water: empty buckets, fill in low areas of yard, change / empty bird baths weekly.
  • Cover and repel: wear long sleeves and pants, and use bug repellent with DEET.
  • Keep mosquitoes outside: patch torn screens and fix loose doors.
  • Clear clogged drains or gutters.
  • Get rid of tires or other possible water containers.
  • Clean out birdbaths at least once every week.
  • Fix leaky outdoor faucets.
  • Empty out kiddie pools.
  • Clean and chlorinate pools and hot tubs.
  • Treat rain barrels for mosquitoes and seal openings.
  • Fill holes with sand or dirt.
  • Turn over buckets, tarps, watering cans, wheelbarrows, and toys.

If you see public areas around the county where there is a lot of standing water, call the LCGHD Mosquito Hotline at 440-284-3240; local mosquito experts can help get rid of the standing water.

For more information about mosquitoes, check out news and facts from the Ohio Department of Health.

For more information, contact the LCGHD at 440-322-6367 or visit For more tips on how to keep healthy, follow us on Twitter @LorainCoHealth, like us on Facebook, and watch us on YouTube.