WHEATON, Ill. – In response to the increased West Nile virus activity in DuPage and the surrounding counties, the Wheaton Mosquito Abatement District has scheduled a mosquito spraying for Monday evening, Aug. 13, 2012. West Nile virus is a potentially serious illness that can be transmitted by mosquitoes. The treatment will cover the entire district and is intended to reduce the numbers of mosquitoes that are known to transmit West Nile virus to people.
There have been six reports of West Nile disease in residents living in Cook County. Additionally, the DuPage County Health Department’s testing of adult mosquitoes indicates a high incidence of West Nile virus infection in the adult mosquito population.
The District is continuing to inspect and treat known mosquito breeding sites throughout the area to help limit the development of new mosquitoes. The district needs your continued help to prevent new mosquitoes by disposing of any standing water you find on your property. The culex mosquito that transmits West Nile virus easily breeds in small amounts of water that collect in containers around residential property.
Don’t forget to “fight the bite.” If possible, avoid outdoor activity when mosquitoes are present and active. Dawn and dusk are the periods of the day when mosquitoes are most apt to bite. If you are out when mosquitoes are present, wear protective clothing such as light-colored, long-sleeved shirt and pants. You should use insect repellants to discourage mosquitoes from landing and biting. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides current information on mosquito repellants.
Clarke Mosquito Control has been contracted to provide all district mosquito control services this year. Call their hotline at 800-942-2555 if you have questions or problems.