Mosquitoes are biting insects that are primarily a nuisance pest but can also transmit diseases to humans and animals. Diseases that can be transmitted by mosquitoes found in Ohio include West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus, St. Louis Encephalitis Virus and La Crosse Virus. Avoiding mosquito bites is the best way to protect yourself from these diseases. Hancock Public Health conducts mosquito surveillance to identify locations to focus treatment efforts.
Tips for Avoiding Mosquito Bites
- Limit outside activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
- Wear insect repellent when outdoors. Repellents should have active ingredients of DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, IR3535, or 2-undecanone.
- Remove standing water on your property. Standing water provides breeding areas for mosquitoes.
- Make sure all windows and doors are screened while open to prevent entry of mosquitoes into your house.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants outdoors when weather permits.
FREE MOSQUITO CONTROL KITS AVAILABLE!
Mosquito Control Kits:
-A blister pack card containing 12 Natular® DT larvicide tablets
- Pack of 6 Summit Mosquito Dunks®
These tablets and dunks can be placed in containers or areas that can hold water for five or more days (bird baths, rain barrels, gutters, boat or pool covers, floor drains, abandoned tires, or ornamental water gardens). Please refer to packaging for important use information.
Free mosquito control kits are limited to residents of Hancock County and 1 kit per household please.