West Nile Virus (WNV), is a disease that can cause
Encephalitis, an infection of the brain and spinal cord,
that can have deadly results. It first reached New York in
1999, spread to Ohio in 2001 and has been detected in
48 states. WNV is spread by the bite of an infected
mosquito, principally Northern House Mosquitoes which Mayor Donald B. Leach, Jr.
become exposed when feeding on infected birds. Many
birds can be infected, but crows and blue jays are most
Vice Mayor Mary Ann Krauss
likely to die from the virus. Linda Mauger
Edward F. Seidel, Jr.
La Crosse Encephalitis is a virus that can be Wade Steen
transmitted to humans by the Tree Hole Mosquito, Erik F. Yassenoff
causing an inflammation of the brain. While it causes
serious illness requiring hospitalization for some people, k
most recover completely. Upper Arlington
To reduce the number of mosquitoes, it is important Board of Health
to eliminate their breeding grounds. Anywhere that Donald B. Leach, Jr., President
holds water (buckets, planters, tires, cans, bird baths, Marciana Brandes
etc.) is a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Reduce potential breeding grounds by disposing of these
Dr. John Heintz
containers or filling in tree holes with sand. Dr. Richard Vesper
To report any areas with a high
Did You Know? k mosquito population, leave a
• A single water-filled bucket can produce hundreds of
City Manager message on the Franklin County
Virginia Barney Board of Health Mosquito Hotline:
• Most disease-causing mosquitoes spend their entire
lives within 300 feet of their container-breeding site.
• While an adult mosquito’s life expectancy is not more
than a few weeks, the female may lay several batches
of eggs, each containing several hundred eggs. For details of pending fogging
• Once eggs are laid, a new crop of mosquitoes hatches dates in our community, visit:
in just a few days.
Public Services Department
3600 Tremont Road
Upper Arlington, OH 43221
Upper Arlington Integrated Mosquito Management Plan
Franklin County Board of Health: Surveillance If required, truck-based spraying will take place
Mosquito Hotline 462-BITE Surveillance gauges the numbers and types of mosquitoes during evening hours. Mosquito spraying starts at dusk
present. Larval surveillance (larvae dip counts) determines when mosquitoes are most active and may last into the
Web site www.franklincountyohio.gov/health
breeding site productivity throughout the breeding season. overnight hours. Mosquitoes are most active (seeking
Staff work to prevent larvae from hatching and growing hosts) from 30 minutes before sunset to two hours after
Each year, the City of Upper Arlington takes an
into adult mosquitoes by treating standing water that sunset and two hours before sunrise to 30 minutes after
integrated approach to controlling the mosquito sunrise. While the chemicals used are not considered
cannot be eliminated. Adults are surveilled by trapping,
population. The combined efforts of the City, UA Board harmful to humans, people with breathing difficulties
using light and gravid traps placed throughout the City
of Health, Franklin County Board of Health (FCBH) and are advised to keep their windows closed.
during the summer to determine if adulticiding is
residents is key to reducing populations. In recent necessary. Eliminate Mosquitoes in Your Backyard
years, FCBH has placed emphasis on quickly identifying Standing water is the perfect mosquito breeding ground.
and taking action in Franklin County locations with Adulticiding Activities Follow these tips to reduce the population in your yard:
large numbers of mosquitoes and/or a high incidence The decision to use adulticide (or spray) is based on the • Empty, remove, cover or turn over receptacles with the
incidence of high numbers of mosquitoes and/or the potential to hold water.
of mosquitoes testing positive for diseases such as West
percentage of a mosquito pool testing positive for disease. • Clean bird baths twice weekly.
Nile Virus and Encephalitis. The goal is to break the The City will receive a minimum of 24-hours notice of areas • Discard old tires or store them indoors.
disease cycle and address potential risks before they to be treated, and will use its automated telephone call-out • Repair leaky plumbing and outside faucets.
become a real problem. This brochure outlines the system to inform affected residents. However, given the
• Make sure gutters and downspouts are free of
City’s integrated mosquito management plan and how time constraints, it is recommended that concerned
blockage and are properly draining.
residents check the City’s website regularly for the most
residents can contribute to this important community • Fill holes in trees with sand.
current information. FCBH will also post online details of
effort. Additional details can be found at • Empty your pets’ water dishes daily.
Franklin County areas to be sprayed.
www.ua-ohio.net. • Drain or fill low areas on your property that hold
Please Note: The City’s automated telephone system
water for more than three days.
will call your home if you are on the scheduled route and
Breeding Site Identification & Elimination time permits. However, if your line is busy, you have Ways to Reduce Mosquito Bites
The safest, most cost-effective way to control mosquitoes is privacy manager or do not have an answering machine, the • Wear light-colored clothing, long-sleeved shirts or
by identifying and eliminating breeding sites. Breeding call may not be placed successfully.
jackets and long slacks.
sites are natural or can be artificial containers that hold • Avoid mosquito-infested areas or stay indoors when
water continuously for three or more days. Sites Do Not Spray
mosquitoes are most active.
throughout UA are identified in the following ways: Residents with concerns about spraying can sign up for
• Avoid physical exertion and use colognes and
• Catch basin treatment - locates catch basins that hold the Do Not Spray registry. Once placed on this list, your
perfumes sparingly as these may attract mosquitoes.
water and treats with larvacide to prevent the growth property will not be included in spraying activities (you will
• Use mosquito repellent, according to directions, when
and development of mosquitoes. still receive the City’s automated call). Visit the FCBH
you are outdoors. It is generally recommended you
website to download a Do Not Spray form, or call the
• Larvaciding - identifying and treating mosquito breeding use products with 30 percent or less DEET. Children
462-BITE line to request a hard copy of this form. Please
areas with products to inhibit or prevent the should use products with 15 percent or less DEET.
allow two business days following FCBH’s receipt of this
development of mosquitoes. • You can also use products containing picaridin or oil
form for your request to take effect. Do Not Spray forms
• Public Input - assistance from area residents to of lemon eucalyptus as repellents. These products
must be completed every year.
identify breeding sites. typically provide longer-lasting protection.