Ticks & Mosquitoes
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- Get rid of any standing water.
- Flip over planters or buckets that hold water.
- Cover up pools.
- Clear out all trash, cans and tires.
- Pay attention to your water features.
- Declutter your yard.
- Mosquitoes love overgrown trees, brush, weeds and tall grass.
- Consider putting in some mosquito-repelling herbs, flowers and plants:
- Citronella grass
Fight the Bite
- Mosquitoes breed in water.
- 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 and include:
- Eastern equine encephalitis
- La Crosse encephalitis
- St. Louis encephalitis
- West Nile virus
Prevent Mosquito Bites
Mosquito Borne Illness
Ticks and Diseases
- Three types of Ticks in Ohio:
- American Dog Tick
- Blacklegged (Deer) Tick
- Lonestar Tick
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tick Information
Tick Bite Prevention Music Video (Fairfax County)
Tick Borne Diseases
- Most Common:
- Lyme Disease
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF)
- Useful Links
Zika is a virus which can be acquired from:
- From sex with a person (male or female) who has the virus
- It can be passed from a pregnant women to her fetus leading to several health issue which can include:
- A serious birth defect called microcephaly
- Absent or poorly developed brain structures
- Defects of the eye
- Hearing deficits
- Limb abnormalities
- Impaired growth
- Testing for Zika Guidance
- Zika effects during pregnancy
- What does testing positive for Zika mean?
- Pre-natal care guidance
- Post-natal care guidance
There is no vaccine to prevent Zika. The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites. Here’s how:
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
- Take steps to control mosquitoes inside and outside your home.
- Treat your clothing and gear with permethrin or buy pre-treated items.
- Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. Always follow the product label instructions.
- When used as directed, these insect repellents are proven safe and effective even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
- Do not use insect repellents on babies younger than 2 months old.
- Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol on children younger than 3 years old.
- Mosquito netting can be used to cover babies younger than 2 months old in carriers, strollers, or cribs to protect them from mosquito bites.
- Sleep under a mosquito bed net if air conditioned or screened rooms are not available or if sleeping outdoors.
- Prevent sexual transmission of Zika by using condoms or not having sex.