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Posted on: May 21, 2020

Help Control the Mosquito Population This Summer

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The City of Canal Winchester contracts with Franklin County Public Health for mosquito control.  Franklin County Public Health takes a proactive, concentrated approach to mosquito management.  The agency’s Integrated Pest Management Program focuses on prevention, education, and controlling pests at their most vulnerable stage while minimizing hazards to the environment.  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 is regularly monitored and treatments are applied when appropriate.

Residents can help by reporting areas that they suspect may be mosquito breeding grounds and by reporting increases in adult mosquito activity. As a reminder, mosquitoes breed easily in standing water.  Check for and drain any standing water around your home to help control the mosquito population.

Common and easily overlooked mosquito habitats include:
  • Tires, buckets, cans, bottles and plastic containers
  • Bird baths (drain and refill every 3-4 days)
  • Wading or kiddie pools (drain and refill frequently)
  • Pools and hot tubs (keep chlorinated, covered or keep completely dry)
  • Pool covers that hold water
  • Boats, boat covers and tarps
  • Pet food containers and water dishes
  • Clogged gutters and downspouts
  • Leaky outside faucets that create puddles Rain barrels that are not properly screened or treated
  • Low areas that form puddles and hold water
  • Planters and pots, including saucers and catch trays
  • Trash cans (use tight fitting lids and keep them covered)
  • Mature trees that have developed holes that hold water – fill the voids with sand
  • ANYTHING that has the potential to hold even small amounts of water


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

*COVID-19 Note: Mosquito management programs help control the spread of mosquito borne diseases such as West Nile Virus, Zika Virus, La Crosse encephalitis, and others.  The CDC has stated that at this time there is no data to suggest that COVID-19 or other similar coronaviruses (e.g. SARS, MERS) are spread by mosquitoes or ticks. (source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html)