Mosquito Control Grant (MCG) Program

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s (Ohio EPA) Mosquito Control Grant (MCG) Program is a collaborative effort between Ohio EPA and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), which began in 2016. The MCG Program was developed to make funding available to entities responsible for implementing mosquito control measures in support of Ohio’s efforts to reduce the potential for an outbreak of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika, West Nile, and La Cross Encephalitis. The fundable activities approved under the MCG Program will help reduce the potential for an outbreak of a mosquito-borne virus and simultaneously reduce the threat that scrap tires and scrap tire dumps pose to human health and the environment.

Local health departments (LHDs) implement various programs to protect human health, safety, and the environment. LHDs are on the front lines in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases. They are the primary entity responsible for implementing local mosquito control activities such as mosquito surveillance, source reduction, and larval/adult mosquito control measures. The MCG Program makes grant monies available to any agency of the state, as long as that agency can demonstrate collaboration and obtain sponsorship from its LHD.

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Key Dates

  • November 13, 2019 at 10:00 AM: 2020 MCG Kick-off Meeting
  • November 18, 2019 at 8:00 AM: Application open
  • January 31, 2020 at 3:00 PM: Application deadline (No applications will be accepted at 3:00 PM.)
  • March 2020: Award announcements
  • April 14, 2020: Mandatory kickoff meeting *tentative and subject to change

Mosquito Surveillance Plan

Surveillance data is critical to evaluating the potential risk of an outbreak of a mosquito-borne disease. LHDs implement mosquito surveillance programs to collect and supply mosquito samples to ODH. Those samples are tested and analyzed by ODH to estimate the risk mosquito-borne viruses pose to human health. In more recent years, the collection and submission of samples has decreased because of reduced mosquito surveillance due budget cuts made to LHDs.
To help resolve decreased surveillance activities in Ohio and to enable ODH to evaluate the potential threat posed by mosquito-borne diseases, the presence of a mosquito surveillance program was established as a key criterion that agencies must meet to qualify for grant monies. An agency must demonstrate that it has a current mosquito surveillance program in place or submit a new mosquito surveillance plan for implementation. Agencies can also utilize grant monies to implement a new mosquito surveillance plan or to augment/enhance an existing one.

At a minimum, data acquired from mosquito surveillance can assist with the following:

  • Monitor mosquito population sizes
  • Determine which mosquito species are present in a defined geographical area (distribution)
  • Identify significant mosquito breeding grounds
  • Detect the presence or absence of mosquito-borne disease (estimate the level of risks posed to human health)
  • Assist in determining the most appropriate and effective mosquito control activities (effective, disease-reducing interventions)
  • Assist in measuring the success of implemented mosquito control activities
  • Provide the necessary data required for creating detailed maps
Using mosquito surveillance data to target mosquito control activities may provide an overall cost savings to an agency’s mosquito control program. Surveillance data can be utilized to concentrate resources by: identifying a threat to a specific geographic area, determining the chemicals required to control a specific species of mosquito, and avoiding routine spraying in areas that pose little risk.

Breeding Source Reduction

Container breeding mosquitos prefer artificial containers such as scrap tires, plastic containers, bottle caps, glass bottles, and other solid wastes that are often found commingled in illegal scrap tire dumps and solid waste open dumps. While most of the 12 million scrap tires generated in Ohio each year are recycled or properly disposed of, many still end up stockpiled or illegally dumped. Scrap tires provide excellent breeding sites for container-breeding mosquitoes such as Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus; mosquitoes known for carrying diseases such as Zika Virus, Dengue, and Chikungunya.

Breeding source reduction refers to the removal or reduction of preferred breeding locations of various species of mosquitoes and is considered one of the most proactive, effective, and cost-efficient mosquito control strategies. Removing potential mosquito breeding sites can reduce mosquito populations and costs associated with implementing more-costly larval and adult mosquito control activities. Therefore, it is critical that mosquito control programs concentrate resources on removing potential mosquito breeding sites by hosting scrap tire take-back events, spring clean-ups, and illegal scrap tire dump abatement projects.

In some instances, potential breeding sites such as illegal scrap tire dumps have been identified but can take some time to clean-up, as they can require a significant amount of resources. In these cases, providing mosquito surveillance until these sites are abated will help evaluate the potential risk posed to human health and, also, allow for the implementation of mosquito control strategies as necessary.

Ohio EPA's online Mosquito Control Grant application will open on Monday, November 18, 2020 at 8:00 AM. Deadline to submit applications for the 2020 Grant Cycle will be January 31, 2020 at 3:00 PM.

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Chet Chaney Manager (614) 728-5377
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