Tire Disposal Offered, Tips to Combat Mosquitoes

POMEROY, Ohio – A program is being offered to help curb the breeding of mosquitoes.

The Meigs County Health Department will be offering free scrap tire disposal which began on June 24, 2019 at the Meigs County Health Department. Any Meigs County resident can bring up to 10 tires per load to the health department, located at 112 East Memorial Drive in Pomeroy, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. According to a statement from the health department, those bringing tires are asked to, “Please check in at the front desk of the health department with valid identification, to ensure you are a Meigs County resident, prior to unloading.”

Tractor tires will also be accepted during the disposal, with a $10 fee being imposed per tractor tire. The tire disposal is only for residents; no commercial operations are allowed, and no tires with rims will be accepted. Participants must be able to unload and stack your own tires during the disposal.

The threat of a severe mosquito season is upon us, and eliminating sources of standing water on your property is one of the most effective ways to combat mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can leave eggs in many types of open containers, including gutters, cans, jars, bottles, cups or anything that can hold as little as an ounce of water. Each improperly stored scrap tire can also become a breeding ground for thousands of mosquitoes, which can carry life-threatening diseases such as dengue fever, West Nile virus, heart worms and various forms of encephalitis.

Tips to protect your family, friends and neighbors from mosquitoes:

  • properly dispose of solid waste
  • regularly empty water from containers
  • properly dispose of scrap tires.

For more information, contact the Meigs County Health Department at 740-9926626.