The City of Grove City contracted with Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) for mosquito control. FCPH uses an Integrated Pest Management approach with a public health focus to reduce and control disease carrying mosquitoes.
To reduce the adult mosquito population, FCPH manages the mosquito surveillance program to trap and count mosquitos. FCPH sprays any time a high volume of mosquitoes is found.
Visit the FCPH website for updated spray schedule information.
Learn what you can do in your yard and neighborhood to control the mosquito population by reading the Mosquito Management Program and West Nile Virus information listed on the FCPH website.
Complete the Service Request Form to report areas where mosquitoes are a problem or areas of standing water where they may be breeding.
FCPH maintains a Do Not Spray registry of residents who request a limited shut off of mosquito adulticiding with cause. FCPH will make a good faith effort to shut off truck-mounted aerosol equipment within 150 feet of a registered property. To register, complete the Do Not Spray Request Form.
Many tools and techniques are used throughout the mosquito season to help control the mosquito population. These include:
- Larviciding areas of stagnant water and storm water catch basins to prevent mosquitoes from hatching in these prime breeding sites.
- Surveillance of adult mosquito populations by the use of traps.
- Testing of adult mosquitoes for the presence of disease.
- Adulticiding by spraying using ultra low volume (ULV) truck mounted equipment to treat residential areas to reduce adult mosquito populations.
- A variety of educational materials and awareness approaches.
In addition, historical data about mosquito breeding locations, areas that traditionally have high adult mosquito populations, and the frequency and distribution of mosquito-borne diseases throughout Franklin County allow FCPH to concentrate and focus its efforts. Residents should report areas that they suspect may be mosquito breeding areas and/or when there is an increase in adult mosquito activity.
As part of the commitment to mosquito control, each spring FCPH staff implements a comprehensive catch basin (storm drain) treatment program throughout the county. They inspect catch basins and use historical data and mapping to determine whether or not it is designed to hold water or is holding water. Once identified, these “true” catch basins are monitored throughout the season. If sampling indicates that there are eggs, larva or pupa present, these catch basins are treated with larvicides to kill and/or prevent the mosquitoes from hatching into adults. These treated catch basins are also monitored to ensure that the larvicides are working. If necessary, the catch basin will be treated again.
Grove City residents are encouraged to call the Franklin County Public Health Mosquito Hotline at 614-525-BITE with concerns and to report areas of standing water. This is a voicemail system, and calls will be returned within 24 hours. Residents can complete a Service Request Form on the FCPH website.