Joplin Health Department to Begin Fogging to Control Mosquitos within Joplin

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The Joplin Health Department operates a mosquito control program within Joplin’s city limits.  This program utilizes occasional fogging to control adult mosquitoes and treat mosquito breeding areas with a larvicide to prevent mosquitoes from becoming adults.  Fogging routes will be posted on the Health Department page of the City of Joplin’s website.

If citizens encounter large quantities of mosquitoes, they can call 417.623.6122 to request assistance from the Joplin Health Department.

The Joplin Health Department utilizes a non-restricted use pesticide that the EPA has evaluated to be of low toxicity to humans.  However, citizens are encouraged to stay indoors and not drive through areas where fog is visible after application. The fog dissipates rapidly and is usually not visible after 15 minutes of application. Fogging will be conducted in the early morning hours to minimize exposure and disruption of outdoor activities. Health officials also recommend that residents close their windows and bring pets in when their area is being treated. Residents who do not wish for their property to be fogged can contact the Health Department.

While the Health Department’s efforts help control mosquito populations, citizens play a bigger role in controlling their presence in the community. Mosquitoes need standing water to reproduce and it can be as little as one teaspoonful of water.  Citizens can scan their properties for places where water may accumulate and become a haven for breeding mosquitoes. Areas of interest include gutters, bird baths, untreated swimming pools, and tires. Eliminating the sources of mosquitoes is the most effective way to minimize their presence.  Low-lying areas that are prone to having standing water can be routinely treated with mosquito larvicides. Modifying property grading can be a more permanent solution to preventing standing water from accumulating.

If mosquito populations are present, citizens can still take the following actions to protect themselves and their loved ones from being bitten:

  • Stay indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, socks, and long pants when you must be outdoors.
  • Use an approved insect repellent and follow the instructions on the product label.
  • Talk to your physician or health care provider before applying insect repellants to young children.
  • Make sure your window screens fit tightly and are free from holes.

For more information about mosquito fogging, please contact the Joplin Health Department at 417.623.6122.


Joplin Health Department
417.623.6122, ext. 1256

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