Mosquito-Borne Diseases

2005 James Gathany This 2005 photograph depicts a female Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Diseases spread by mosquitoes are a a concern in Ohio each year.  Mosquito-borne diseases that may occur locally in Ohio include:

There are also several mosquito-borne diseases that Ohioans can acquire when traveling:

You can find more information on these and more at the CDC website:  https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/outdoor/mosquito-borne/default.html

Here are some tips to avoid mosquito bites:

  • If you are outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, be sure to wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoe and socks.
  • Wear light-colored clothing, which is less attractive to mosquitoes.
  • Use EPA-registered mosquito repellent and follow the label directions.
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

Here are some tips to eliminate mosquito breeding sites around your home:

  • Eliminate standing water.
  • Empty or remove water-holding containers, such as buckets, unused flower pots and bird baths.
  • Make sure all roof gutters are clean and draining properly.
  • Keep child wading pools empty and on their sides when not being used.

More information can be found here:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ohio Department of Health

Also, see how you can control mosquitoes breeding around the home: