City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Mosquito Control

Spraying scheduled- South UA.

Beginning at 8:00 p.m., Thursday, September 21, 2017 - View Map

A pool in one of the south Upper Arlington (generally south of Fishinger Road) traps tested positive for West Nile Virus. Therefore, mosquito fogging is scheduled in South UA during the overnight hours of Thursday, September 21. Fogging is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m., weather permitting. 

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For more information on mosquitoes, Zika, West Nile virus and spraying, visit Residents can also call (614) 525-BITE or visit the web site to report problem areas in their community.

Franklin County Public Health Mosquito Section  | Download Mosquito Management Plan Brochure

Mosquito Hotline: 614-525-BITE  |  Do Not Fog Registry 

Each year, the City takes an integrated approach to controlling the mosquito population. The combined efforts of the City, the UA Board of Health, Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) and residents are key to reducing populations.

FCPH focuses on taking action in areas with a high incidence of mosquitoes testing positive for diseases such as West Nile Virus (WNV) and Encephalitis. It is hoped these efforts can break the disease cycle. Read on for an outline of the prevention program.

Identifying and Eliminating Breeding Sites
The safest, most cost-effective way to control mosquitoes is to eliminate breeding sites. City and FCPH staff work to identify and eliminate breeding sites, using a variety of tools. Adult surveillance is conducted by trapping adult mosquitoes using light and gravid traps at various locations. You can help in this process by contacting FCPH if you know of low-lying areas that collect stagnant water. 

Determining the Need to Use Adulticide
The decision to use adulticide is based on the percentage of a mosquito pool testing positive for disease, and is considered the last line of defense if other practices have failed. The City typically receives 24 hours notice of any areas to be treated, and uses ALERT Franklin County automated notification system to inform affected residents. However, given the tight time constraints, it is recommended that residents concerned about mosquito fogging check the City's website for the most up-to-date information.

FCPH also posts details of all Franklin County areas to be fogged on its website which can be accessed via the link above. This website also includes details of the chemicals used during fogging activities, and provides a list of recommended precautions to take when fogging is scheduled in your area. 

Do Not Fog Registry
Residents with concerns about fogging can ask to be placed on the Do Not Fog registry with FCPH. Once placed on this list, your property is excluded from fogging activities (if you are in our system, you will still receive the ALERT Franklin County's notification call, text or email). To register for the Do Not Fog list, click on the header above to complete an online form. Please note - you must register annually to be on this list. Please allow at least two business days for your request to take effect.

If required, truck-based fogging takes place during evening hours. Mosquito spraying may start at dusk when mosquitoes are most active and may last into the overnight hours. Mosquitoes are most active (seeking hosts) from 30 minutes before sunset to two hours after sunset and two hours before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunrise. While the chemicals used are not considered harmful to humans, people with breathing difficulties are advised to keep their windows closed.

Help Eliminate Mosquitoes in Your Yard

  • Empty, remove, cover, or turn over receptacles with the potential to hold water.
  • Clean bird baths twice weekly.
  • Discard old tires or store them indoors.
  • Repair leaky plumbing and outside faucets.
  • Make sure gutters and downspouts are free of blockage and are properly draining.
  • Fill holes in trees with sand.
  • Empty your pets’ water dishes daily.
  • Drain or fill low areas on your property that hold water for more than three days.

Ways to Reduce Mosquito Bites

  • Wear light-colored clothing, long-sleeved shirts or jackets and long slacks.
  • Avoid mosquito-infested areas or stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Avoid physical exertion and use colognes and perfumes sparingly, as these may attract mosquitoes.
  • Use mosquito repellent, according to directions, when you are outdoors. It is generally recommended that adults use products with 30% or less DEET. Children should use products with 10% or less DEET.
  • You can also use products containing picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus as repellents. These products typically provide longer-lasting protection.