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 a mosquito surveillance program to trap and count mosquitos. FCPH sprays any time a high volume of mosquitoes is found.
Visit the FCPH interactive Mosquito Spray Map linked below. for updated spray schedule information.
Learn what you can do in your yard and neighborhood to control the mosquito population by reviewing the Mosquito Management Plan and West Nile Virus information.
Although spraying is effective, removing standing water around your property is the best way to get rid of mosquitoes. The life cycle for mosquitoes begins in water and they stay near their juvenile habitat. Look around your yard for standing water and remove it. For rain barrels, ponds and areas holding water that cannot be dumped or filled in with dirt, consider using Mosquito Dunks (a product that kills mosquito larvae).
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 stormwater 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.
- Utilizing a variety of educational materials and awareness programs.
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 focus its efforts. Residents should report areas they suspect may be mosquito breeding areas and 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. Catch basins are inspected; and historical data and mapping are used to determine if a basin is designed to hold water and whether it is holding water. Once identified, these “true” catch basins are monitored throughout the season. If sampling indicates 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 the larvicides are working. If necessary, the catch basins are 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.