Treatment will help suppress adult mosquito populations and reduce risk of West Nile Virus transmission
The West Chicago Mosquito Abatement District (MAD) will be conducting a mosquito adulticiding treatment tomorrow (Wednesday, August 5) between the hours of dusk and dawn, weather permitting.
Mosquito pools in the immediate area have recently tested positive for West Nile Virus, and these applications are designed to suppress adult mosquito populations.
West Chicago MAD’s contractor, Clarke, will apply the product Duet via ultra-low volume truck applications. This product is registered with the EPA and adulticides are recommended by the CDC to help control West Nile Virus outbreaks. Residents do not need to take any additional precautions during the application.
This is the third adulticiding treatment scheduled this year to date. Applications will be rescheduled if weather is not favorable for mosquito treatments. High winds or rain would postpone the application, and new dates will be scheduled.
Residents can report mosquito nuisances and standing water issues directly to Clarke via the company’s online portal at www.clarkeportal.com/hotline. People also can subscribe to receive advanced spraying notifications from Clarke when registering.
Residents are encouraged to protect themselves and their families from mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile Virus. Wearing long-sleeved clothing in light colors, avoiding being outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are active and using personal repellents are key to preventing the spread of West Nile Virus.
In addition, homeowners can take the following steps to reduce mosquito populations in their area:
- Discard old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles or any water holding containers in and around the property.
- Fill in or drain any low places (puddles, ruts) in yard.
- Keep drains, ditches and culverts clean of weeds and trash so water will drain properly.
- Cover trash containers to keep out rainwater.
- Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets to prevent puddles of standing water.
- Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store them indoors when not in use.
- Make sure your backyard pool is properly cared for while on vacation.
- Fill in tree root holes and hollow stumps that hold water with sand or concrete.
- Change the water in bird baths and plant pots or drip trays at least once a week.