The purpose of the program is to reduce the incidence of arthropod transmitted vector borne diseases in humans, primarily West Nile Virus.
West Nile Virus Information
Most people bitten by a mosquito infected with West Nile Virus will never develop symptoms or become sick, but people 50 or older or those with weakened immune symptoms are at greatest risk.
Protecting Yourself from Mosquito Bites
Special efforts are made to have potential breeding sites, like abandoned tires, removed or larvicided. On-going surveillance of the mosquito population is conducted. Adulticiding (spraying/fogging) is conducted based upon surveillance.
Mosquito Trapping and Testing
Columbus Public Health begins trapping mosquitoes in June each year to test them for West Nile virus. CPH also investigates mosquito complaints and treats standing water to kill larval mosquitoes. Weekly results of Columbus Public Health's trapping activities.
Columbus Public Health conducts mosquito-control spraying in selected Columbus Neighborhoods, based on CPH research. Spraying is done to kill adult mosquitoes usually begins the first week of July through September to reduce the number of mosquitoes. Columbus Public Health may begin earlier depending on mosquito activity.
2012 Annual Report
Columbus Public Health is pleased to present the “2012 Vector Control Annual Report” which explains how Columbus Public Health acts to prevent illness related to mosquitos and other insects in our community. The document is meant to provide readers with an “inside look” at mosquito control and point out how everyday citizens can prevent diseases in our community. To view the 2012 Vector Control Annual Report, please click here.
Questions or Comments?
Residents may register mosquito related complaints at 645-3111.