Update from Franklin County Public Health Regarding Mosquito Spraying

Franklin County Public Health has received a large volume of service calls regarding mosquitoes.  It seems that these requests come in large waves which are believed to be the result of residents sharing information on social media.  The Department wants to hear from residents when there's a problem, so it's good that residents are utilizing the BITE hotline and online reporting to report problems.

However, with the high volume of calls, it's becoming increasingly difficult to respond in a 24-hour period.  Right now, service requests are taking up to 72 hours before being responded to.  VDCI strives for 24-hours, but the volume of reports is making that time frame impossible despite their best efforts.  

As a Reynoldsburg resident, there are a few steps you can take to alleviate the mosquito issues:

1.  Any effort you can make to remove standing water around your home is crucial.  Standing water serves as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
2.  Change the water in bird baths and wading pools once a week.
3.  Clogged gutters make a perfect home for mosquitoes and breeding.  Make sure gutters remain clean and free of water and debris.
4.  Holes in mature trees can hold water.  Fill these holes with sand to keep mosquitoes out.
5.  Don't invite mosquitoes inside - keep screens and screened doors in good shape to keep them out.

Mosquitoes are active day and night.  Make sure you protect yourself with insect repellent that contains DEET.

The City of Reynoldsburg and Franklin County Public Health want to thank you for your patience as we work to respond to service requests.  If you need to report a mosquito issue, please call the BITE hotline: 614-525-BITE (2483) or visit the website: www.myfcph.org/