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Posted on: May 29, 2018

It's Mosquito Season!

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The City of Canal Winchester is pleased to announce details of its comprehensive mosquito control program for 2018.  On June 12, the city released a total of 11,000 fathead minnows into area wetlands.  In laboratory conditions, just one fathead minnow may consume 74 mosquito larvae every hour. The minnows will help naturally control the mosquito populations near Guiler Park, Canal Pointe Industrial Park, and Indian Trail Elementary School.  In addition, the city will contract with Franklin County Public Health for mosquito control this season.

Many tools and techniques are used throughout the mosquito season to help control the mosquito population.  

These include:

  • Larviciding areas of stagnant water and storm water catch basins to prevent mosquitoes from hatching in these prime breeding sites.
  • Surveillance of adult mosquito populations by setting traps weekly throughout the county.
  • Testing of adult mosquitoes for the presence of disease.
  • Adulticiding (spraying) using ultra low volume (ULV), truck-mounted equipment to treat residential areas to reduce adult mosquito populations.
  • A variety of educational materials and awareness approaches.

In addition, historical data about mosquito breeding locations, areas that traditionally have high adult mosquito populations, and the frequency and distribution of mosquito-borne diseases throughout Franklin County also allow us to concentrate and focus our efforts.  We also rely on residents to report areas that they suspect may be mosquito breeding areas and/or when there is an increase in adult mosquito activity.

Detailed information about the mosquito program and a form to request service or report an area of concern is available on the website.  Visit www.myfcph.org or call Franklin County Public Health’s Mosquito Bite Line at (614)525-BITE.

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