810 Livingston Street
Bay City, Michigan 48708-6380
(989) 894-4555 Voice
(989) 894-0526 Fax
(989) 895-4049 TDD/TTY
Tom Putt, Director
The primary goal of the program is to protect the public health from diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. In order to reach this objective, we strive to reduce mosquito populations to tolerable levels, which helps decrease the risk of mosquito-borne disease and nuisance mosquito species to the citizens and visitors of our county. The cornerstone of the mosquito control program is the biology department, whose main function is to determine timing and priority of treatment based on larval and adult mosquito surveys. The biology department also provides an extensive disease surveillance network coordinated through the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Michigan State University, and Michigan Department of Community Health to monitor mosquito-borne diseases. Female mosquitoes and blood samples from house sparrows (a natural indicator of mosquito-transmitted disease) are tested for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE), and West Nile Virus (WNV). Furthermore dead American Crows and Blue Jays are tested in-house and at MSU's Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health for WNV infection. The program controls immature and adult mosquitoes by seeking out and eliminating breeding sites and by using biological controls and insecticides.
In addition to responding to citizen requests, we also initiate mosquito surveillance before the occurrence of summer festivals and community events - attendance at which exceeds one-half million. Nearly half of these people are Bay County tourists.
All residents and property owners can assist by eliminating breeding sites, such as stagnant water collecting anywhere on their property. Bay County Mosquito Control is designed to promote a safe and healthy environment for county residents.
Call the office to learn ways you can help! See the link below "Homeowner Mosquito Prevention Tips" for ideas to stop mosquitoes from breeding in your backyard!
On Thursday, May 2, the spring aerial treatment portion of the program was complete, as over 40,000 acres of woodlots were treated to control the spring Aedes mosquito species. As the temperatures continue to warm and rains begin, we will shift our focus to other habitats (ditches, containers, tires) where summer mosquito species are active.
On April 1, the new season for reporting dead bird sightings and monitoring for West Nile Virus began. If you see a dead bird, we would appreciate a call as we log all dead bird sightings into a State of Michigan website. If the dead bird is a crow or blue jay that is not too decomposed, we may be able to test the bird to see if the bird has been infected with West Nile Virus.
Updated: May 9, 2013
Click the Mosquito to visit the Michigan Mosquito Control Association Web Site.