Importance of Controlling Mosquito Populations on Your Property

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This page contains a special message from Public Health from October 2011

A message from Cobb & Douglas Public Health Department – Mosquito Control/West Nile

The Department of Health wants you to know that the following information and attachments do not represent a public health emergency. The Health Department does not categorize the following notification as a public health emergency. In an abundance of caution, you are being notified of a positive test for West Nile in a mosquito population that is monitored by the Board of Health Environmental Division within the City of Smyrna the week of Oct. 3, 2011. We have been informed that this test/controlled population has presented a positive test for West Nile and Public Health representatives have been in the process of contacting various businesses, housing units, health/care facilities within a ½ mile (or 200 yard) radius of the test population (3830 S. Cobb Drive SE, Smyrna Ga). Public Health identifes a 1/2 mile (or 200 yard) buffer, inspects for pooled water within the area and treats with larvicide which is the most effective treatment.  The following link(s) will give you access to:

1) a pdf document that includes a map of the buffer all of the information that the public health representatives are circulating in the area.

2) Homeowner Checklist

3) Page 1 - brochure outlining how to protect yourself and your family

4) Page 2 - brochure outlining how to protect yourself and your family

5) Page instructing you on how to Stop Mosquitoes / Check Your Yard & Home

The best protection from all mosquito borne illness is to:

  • Reduce the mosquito population by eliminating standing water
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites

Again, this does not represent a public health emergency.  The information provided includes a map of the notification area as well as ways to protect yourself and what to do to eliminate breeding potential – a safety checklist.