Each summer, mosquitoes are a familiar biting pest in backyards, parks and campgrounds. Most are merely a nuisance and are not major vectors of diseases. In fact, only a few of the 59 species of mosquitoes in Ohio can transmit disease. However, the diseases these mosquitoes can carry are very serious ones, such as encephalitis and malaria in humans and heart-worm in dogs. Therefore, it is always advisable to take preventive measures to protect yourself and your family against a mosquito bite.
Mosquito-borne diseases that may be imported into Ohio (travel-acquired) include:


Identify and eliminate standing water/ breeding sites such as: clogged ditches, temporary pools and puddles, tree holes that hold water, old tires, buckets, potted plant trays and saucers, plastic covers, clogged gutters, bird baths, pet water bowls, or any other area or item on your property that collects water. Drain all items or containers that can hold water weekly.


Use insect repellent when going outdoors containing Deet. Cover bare skin (especially around ankles) with light colored – loose fitting clothing. Screen open windows and doors. Avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk, avoid traveling to affected areas (especially pregnant women).
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