• Fighting Mosquitoes

    The increase in mosquito activity is county-wide, and is most likely due to the recent
    rainfall events. St. Joseph County does not currently treat or spray for mosquitoes; however, all calls
    received will be documented and tracked by the Health Department.

    St. Joseph County residents can take the following steps to eliminate potential mosquito breeding
    grounds and protect themselves from mosquitoes:

    • Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active – especially late afternoon, dusk to
      dawn and early morning
    • Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon
      eucalyptus to clothes and exposed skin
    • Cover exposed skin by wearing a hat, long sleeves and long pants
    • Turn over any type of container that can collect water
    • Repair failed septic systems
    • Keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed
    • Clean clogged roof gutters, particularly if leaves tend to plug up the drains
    • Frequently replace the water in pet bowls and birdbaths
    • Aerate ornamental pools and ponds or stock them with predatory fish

    Any standing water that cannot be eliminated, such as retention ponds or drainage ditches, should be
    treated with a mosquito larvicide. Mosquito larvicide is easy to use and can be purchased at most
    home improvement stores or online retailers like Amazon.com.

    To treat for adult mosquitoes, residents can contact one of the following pest control companies.
    Please understand spraying and fogging is only a temporary solution.

    • Orkin: (574) 289-0488
    •  Rose: (574) 288-6500
    •  Franklin Pest Solutions: (269) 684-7704
    • Niles Exterminators: (269) 591-7792
    • Arrow: (574) 277-8585

    For more information click below.

    Mosquito Control 



    Mosquitoes & Septic Tanks

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  • Posted by Tandy Nicodemus on September 22, 2016, 12:37 pm

    Can the county please spray for mosquitoes …when we pull in our driveway..we are attacked by hundreds of mosquitoes…we had standing water on our road for one week after both big rain falls in the last few weeks..We live outside Lakeville in between Lakeville and LaPaz.. everyone out here is having trouble …not just us who live in wooded area…we have gotten rid of our standing water but nothing we can do about the road flooding …I would love to enjoy the outside again!!!

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  • Posted by Mario Manta on December 8, 2017, 12:17 pm

    where can I get a yellow fever shot?

    thank you

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    • Posted by Robin Vida on January 2, 2018, 6:06 pm
      in reply to Mario Manta

      Hi Mario- Due to a vaccine shortage, we do not have that vaccine locally. You can go to http://www.cdc.gov and search Yellow Fever clinic- they have several in Chicago where you can go and get vaccinated.

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