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
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