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Posted on: June 2, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Tips to Avoid Exposure to Mosquitos


West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquito samples have been found in northern Cook County as reported in a Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) press release. While the risk of WNV transmission is still low, individuals are encouraged to use a commonsense approach in avoiding exposure to mosquitos. To prevent mosquitos from entering the home any damaged window screens, openings around window air conditioners or clothes dryer vents should be repaired or eliminated. If possible, limit outdoor activity at dusk, and wear shoes, socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Loose-fitting, light-colored clothing is best. Appropriate use of insect repellents per manufacturer’s instructions is recommended.

Individuals should look for potential mosquito breeding sources around the home and take the following simple steps:

  • Throw away all trash that can hold water as cans, jars, bottles, etc.
  • Clean rain gutters/downspouts to prevent water from standing in gutters or on flat roofs.
  • Change water in bird baths, wading pools, etc. at least once a week.
  • Maintain swimming pools properly.
  • Remove or turn over containers, buckets, wheelbarrows, etc. which may accumulate water.
  • Screen rain barrels to prevent adult mosquitoes from depositing eggs on the water’s surface.
  • Aerate ornamental ponds and stock with goldfish or other surface-feeding fish to control mosquito production.

Please visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website, the Desplaines Valley Mosquito Abatement District website, or the Village website for more information.

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