Mosquitoes can be quite the nuisance during the summer months and can ruin outdoor summer fun and events. Not only do their bites make us itch, but some mosquitoes can carry diseases that make humans sick, such as West Nile virus. Franklin County Public Health has developed this Homeowner Association Toolkit on mosquito prevention that provides materials to involve residents in the reduction of the mosquito population and to help keep outdoor summer fun enjoyable and disease free!
Franklin County Public Health uses an Integrated Pest Management approach with a public health focus to reduce and control disease carrying mosquitoes within the communities we serve. We utilize many tools and techniques to accomplish this. This includes a variety of educational materials and approaches, surveillance of adult mosquito populations by the use of traps, and testing of adult mosquitoes for the presence of disease. We also larvicide breeding sites to prevent the hatching of mosquitoes in areas of stagnant water and storm water catch basins and adulticide (spray) using Ultra Low Volume truck mounted equipment to treat residential areas to reduce adult mosquito populations.
While these techniques are effective, Franklin County Public Health also relies on residents in the effort to control the mosquito population, especially with the removal of standing water on private property. Within this toolkit, you will find:
- A newsletter article;
- A marquee message for neighborhood/homeowner association front entrance message boards;
- Family fun mosquito prevention activities; and,
- An order form for materials that you can use in your neighborhood.
Your assistance in distributing these materials is appreciated. Some suggested distribution methods include block watch groups, neighborhood garage sales, clubhouses, homeowner association meetings, and your organizational website. Please use the order form provided with this toolkit to request quantities of these materials. We hope you find this information useful and please do not hesitate to contact the Bite Line at
(614) 525-BITE (2483) or email email@example.com with any questions, comments, or suggestions!
You can use the text in this document for a newsletter article, email notification, website message or announcement. Post this information anywhere your neighbors will read it.
Let your neighbors know about what they can do to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in your neighborhood. Be creative in how you deliver this message.
- Link to our webpage from your organization’s homepage.
- Use the following mosquito prevention phrase on your community’s entrance board/marquee to remind residents to empty standing water on their properties. "Help do you part to prevent mosquitoes - Eliminate standing water in your yard!"
There are a variety of tools for you to use in your neighborhood to spread to word about mosquito control. Use the order form to request materials. Franklin County Public Health can provide items at no cost such as:
- Door hangers
- Refrigerator magnets
- SWAT Team materials for kids
Mosquito Scavenger Hunt
Gather together family, friends and neighbors and put together a scavenger hunt of possible mosquito breeding sites that hold standing water (buckets, flower pots, bird baths, outdoor toys, pet bowls, etc). Write down your list of items and leave some blank spaces for bonus items that teams might find. The team that finds the most items wins. Don’t forget to dump out any standing water that you find!
Photo Scavenger Hunt
Do the same things as the scavenger hunt above, but instead of marking your items down on a list, take photos of your group in action dumping out that standing water. Have fun with it and strike some great poses. You could determine the winner by which team has the most items, or by which group has taken the best or funniest photos.
SWAT Team Activity and Coloring Books
Franklin County Public Health has developed two different activity books for children to complete and learn how they can prevent mosquitoes. The books can be found in the SWAT Team section of our website. Print them out and enjoy some fun mosquito math, puzzles, and coloring.
Lend a Helping Hand
Do you have an elderly neighbor who could use some help with removing standing water? Volunteer to help them dump out or remove standing water from their yard. Mosquitoes usually stay very close to wear they breed and hatch, so you’ll be helping yourself, too.