Diseases spread by mosquitoes are a concern in Ohio each year. Mosquito-borne diseases that may occur locally in Ohio include:
- Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE)
- La Crosse virus
- St. Louis encephalitis virus
- West Nile virus
There are also several mosquito-borne diseases that Ohioans can acquire when traveling:
- Zika virus
- Japanese encephalitis
- Dengue fever
- Yellow fever
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.