In order to reduce the adult mosquito population, FCPH will schedule mosquito spraying as needed, weather permitting.
Licensed and trained pesticide applicators will be applying a spray that is approved for mosquito control using Ultra Low Volume (ULV) truck mounted equipment. The spray will be applied according to label rates in strict compliance with the Federal and State EPA and Ohio Department of Agriculture regulations. Spraying will begin in the evening (dusk) and continue into the overnight hours when people are least likely to be outdoors. The spray chemicals used by FCPH do not persist in the environment; they break down within hours in water, are destroyed rapidly by light and will decompose when exposed to air. The morning after an application, the amount of residual pesticide on exterior surfaces will be negligible.
For more information about what we spray and when, visit our Adulticiding page.
Precautionary Measures and Information
- Check this site frequently for notices about spraying in your area.
- Remain indoors with windows closed when spraying is taking place, if possible.
- Bring laundry and toys indoors before spraying begins. Wash with soap and water if exposed to pesticides during spraying.
- Bring your pets indoors. Cover ornamental fishponds during spray hours to avoid direct exposure.
- Outdoor tables, furniture, toys and play equipment can be covered or can be rinsed off with water following the application, but it is not necessary.
- Wash exposed skin surfaces with soap and water if you come in contact with pesticides.
- Wash any exposed fruits and vegetables with water before storing, cooking or eating.
- Wait about one hour before allowing children to play in areas that have been sprayed.
- Do not approach or follow a spray truck when it is operating. If you are in a vehicle, please try to find an alternate route until the spray truck has passed. This is for your safety and the safety of our operators.
Tips to Assist in Reducing the Mosquito Population
- Get rid of old tires, tin cans, bottles, jars, buckets and any other container that can hold or pool water
- Check the gutters on your home to make sure they're clean and working properly
- Anywhere that water collects is a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes
If you do not want your property sprayed, please see our Do Not Spray registry information and form.