The Fulton County Board of Health is committed to keeping the community safe from viruses and diseases spread by pests, such as rodents and mosquitoes. See the sections below for more information about our free mosquito and rodent control programs, available to Fulton County Residents.
Call the Mosquito Hotline at 404.613.1303 for prevention, protection and education or to report mosquito-related issues to Environmental Health Services. If warranted, an inspection of the property will be done to evaluate the issue. Educational materials and mosquito breeding prevention tips are also available.
The Five D’s
Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites by practicing the “Five D’s.”
- Dusk/Dawn – Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus usually bite at dusk and dawn, so avoid or limit outdoor activity at these times.
- Dress – Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants to reduce the amount of skin that’s exposed.
- DEET – Cover exposed skin with an insect repellent containing DEET.
- Drain – Empty any containers holding standing water because they are excellent breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
- Doors – Make sure doors and windows are in good shape and fit tightly.
Tip ‘n Toss
Don’t forget to tip ‘n toss containers holding water after every rainfall. Eliminating standing water prevents mosquito breeding.
The Rat Program was created to enforce the Fulton County Rat Control Article, to educate the public about potential health hazards and how to minimize their exposure to rats. Environmental Health Specialists investigate complaints, respond to rat bait requests and educate residents on how to get rid of rats.
Single-family homeowners in Fulton County are eligible to receive rat control materials at no charge after an inspection of the property and the removal of any items considered to be food for rats. Call the Central District office at 404.613.1303 to request this service.
Facts About Rats
Help Eliminate Rodents in Your Home
- Keep garbage in tightly covered cans. Do not leave out dog or cat food.
- Remove trash, weeds, and junk cars from your yard. Store wood and other materials at least 18 inches above the ground.
- Keep doors closed and windows should have screens. Keep floor drains secured. Seal pipes, small holes, and cracks with cement or caulk where rats could pass through the walls.
- Use traps inside the house. You should never place poisonous bait inside the house. Poisoned rats and mice will die inside walls and attics and cause odors.
- Use poison bait outside the house only if you can keep them away from children and pets.