The mosquito program in Wyandot County consists of two components. In light of the West Nile Virus situation, education of the public is our primary tool to protect the public.

With the continued rain and warming weather, the Wyandot County Public Health wants to encourage the public to take time to reduce mosquito breeding sites around homes. The following simple steps will greatly reduce mosquito populations and help protect your family from diseases carried by mosquitoes.

  • Empty water from buckets and unused flower pots.
  • Inspect roof gutters to assure they are clean and properly drain.
  • Dispose of or properly store discarded tires.

Public Health also recommends that you take personal precautions to protect yourself as you enjoy outdoor activities this summer. If possible, avoid outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. If you are planning on being outdoors between dusk and dawn, cover up by wearing socks, shoes, long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Wear light colors as these are least likely to attract mosquitoes. And finally, use mosquito repellent containing DEET, 30 percent for adults and 10 percent for children, and always follow label directions.

For more information regarding steps you can take to protect your family’s health from mosquito bites this summer, as well as other great summer safety tips, visit the Ohio Department of Health’s Web site at www.odh.ohio.gov or contact Wyandot County Public Health at (419) 294-3852.