Environmental Resources
for Jefferson County, OH, Residents

Jefferson County General Health District Promotes Environmental Programs

The Jefferson County General Health District provides resources for residents to keep their homes, businesses, and the environment safe. To report any problems or to speak with our staff, call us at (740) 283-8530 or contact us online. We can help with the following matters:

 

Food Service

• Mosquitoes

Nuisance

Plumbing/Sewage

Solid Waste

Wells & Septic

Mold Cleanup for Homes and Businesses

Molds are very common in buildings and homes. Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around roof leaks, windows, pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.

 

The most common indoor molds are Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Aspergillus. We do not have precise information about how often residents find different molds in buildings and homes. Visit the CDC website for more information about mold cleanup and prevention.

Bed Bug Prevention for Jefferson County

Experts believe the recent increase in bed bugs in the United States may be due to more travel, lack of knowledge about preventing infestations, increased resistance of bed bugs to pesticides, and ineffective pest control practices.

 

The good news is that there are ways to control bed bugs. Getting good, solid information is the first step in both prevention and control. While there is no chemical quick fix, there are effective strategies to control bed bugs involving both non-chemical and chemical methods.

 

Bed bugs can be hard to find and identify, given their small size and their habit of staying hidden. It helps to know what they look like, since the various life stages have different forms. The EPA provides great information on how to spot and treat bed bugs:

 

Information on Bed Bugs

How to Find Bed Bugs

Signs that You Have Bed Bugs