Ah, mosquitoes. That one insect we wish would just go away...
or at least leave us alone. While these pests serve as food to frogs,
birds, and bats, they also carry diseases and are a nuisance to their
host. The best defense, if you must go out, is DEET and long sleeves and
pants. Read and follow all warning labels before use.
Only the female mosquitoes feeds on blood in order to produce fertile eggs. In return, they inject saliva with proteins that
prevent the host blood from clotting. This exchange may cause irritation, itching, or even severe reactions. They are attracted to
our heat signature and CO2, by keeping your outdoor activity low you will attract less of these pests. Also, ensure that there is
no standing water - this will limit their breeding ground.
If you have a severe problem with mosquitoes, contact your city or county and see if they can help. Contact information for
Mosquito Control in our service area:
Henry County - (Standing Water dunks only, cost) 419-599-5545
Liberty Center, Maintenance Dept: 419-533-3412
Napoleon, Street Department: 419-599-1891
Fulton County - *Contact your city direct
Lucas County - Toledo Area Sanitary District: 419-726-7891
Wood County Health Department: 419-352-8402
Monroe County: Contact your city direct for Mosquito Control
What homeowners can do:
Wear light colored, long sleeves & long pants when mosquitoes are active.
Use repellents which contain DEET (ideally 28% or greater)
Keep your activity levels low (mosquitoes are attracted to your heat signature, body odor & CO2)
Using fans outside in the sitting area will help keep mosquitoes at bay
Eliminate standing water which may act as a breeding ground
For ponds and other sources of standing water, mosquito dunks are available
Change/empty bird baths once or twice a week
Clean eaves troughs and downspouts
Keep lids on trash cans
Catnip (as a plant) & lemon grass may be natural repellents of many insects
- including mosquitoes