The City partners with Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) to control the population of mosquitoes in Whitehall. Learn about FCPH's mosquito management program, upcoming sprayings in Whitehall, how to report mosquito populations and how to fight the bite here. More detailed information is available on Franklin County Public Health's Mosquito Control website.
Upcoming Sprayings in Franklin County
FCPH's Mosquito Management Plan
FCPH has built their mosquito program based on principals of integrated pest management (IPM). IPM is a comprehensive approach to pest management that focuses on prevention, education, and controlling pests at their most vulnerable stage while minimizing hazards to the environment.
Fight the Bite
- Avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
- Wear light colors, long sleeves, long pants, and socks when spending time outside in mosquito-infested areas.
- Make sure door and window screens are tight fitting and free of holes.
- Use an EPA registered insect repellent when outside where mosquitoes are present.
- When camping or spending time outdoors, consider Permethrin treated bed-nets, tents, or clothing.
- Avoid perfume, colognes, or other heavy scents that may attract mosquitoes.
Eliminating Mosquitoes in Your Yard
Eliminating mosquito habitats around your home can go a long way to reduce the mosquito population. Check for the following areas for standing water:
- Tires, buckets, cans, bottles and plastic containers
- Bird baths (drain and refill every 3-4 days)
- Wading or kiddie pools (drain and refill frequently)
- Pools and hot tubs (keep chlorinated and covered)
- Pool covers that hold water
- Boats, boat covers and tarps
- Pet food containers and water dishes
- Clogged gutters and downspouts
- Leaky outside faucets that create puddles
- Rain barrels that are not properly screened or treated
- Low areas that form puddles and hold water
- Planters and pots, including saucers and catch trays
- Trash cans (use tight fitting lids and keep them covered)
- Mature trees that have developed holes that hold water – fill the voids with sand