Spraying to control the mosquito population is scheduled for Tuesday night in some parts of Mahoning County.

The spraying, also scheduled two more times this season, will help reduce the population of mosquitos and help prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus according to Mahoning County Public Health officials.

 Paid for with an Ohio EPA Mosquito Control Grant Funding for mosquito control measures. One of those measures includes spraying for adult mosquito control. 

Adult Mosquito Control will occur in the following limited areas within Mahoning County:

 

 

Spraying will take place between dusk and dawn and if rainy or windy conditions are present, then spraying will be postponed. 

Anyone with bee hives in these areas is asked to call the Environmental Health Division (330-270-2855) so spraying can be avoided in those locations.

Spraying is not effective on mosquito problems that are the result of breeding sites around the home. 

Health officials say 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, bird baths, 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 larvicides, 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.

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 at 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