July 24, 2018 - As part of its efforts to eliminate mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus, the Desplaines Valley Mosquito Abatement District has scheduled spraying in Oak Park from about 9 p.m. to midnight, Thurs., July 26, weather permitting.
A calm, rainless evening with temperatures no more than 85 degrees is preferred. Should unfavorable weather conditions prevail, spraying will be delayed to a subsequent night.
If spraying occurs, it will be the first time this season in Oak Park.
West Nile virus has been found in birds and mosquitoes throughout Illinois, including Oak Park, and a human case of the virus was confirmed last month in Chicago.
Questions regarding spraying, including options for those medically sensitive to the insecticide, should be directed to 708.447.1765.
Public health officials say the best defense against the virus-carrying mosquitoes is to take precautions to prevent being bitten. The threat of West Nile Virus can continue until mid-October, they say.
Take precautions... Avoid being bitten by mosquitoes by wearing long sleeves and pants, limiting time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active and using insect repellant that contains DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol. Residents also are urged to eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites by cleaning roof gutters, storing containers upside down and emptying birdbaths every few days. For more information, call 708.358.5694, visit www.oak-park.us./fightthebite or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prevention efforts... The Des Plaines Valley Mosquito Abatement District treats all street catch basins to kill larvae every seven to 10 days during the mosquito-breeding season. The abatement district also will treat catch basins on private property by request and pick up old vehicle tires. Call 708.447.1765 or visit www.desplainesvalleymad.com for more information.
Spraying notification... Residents who wish to be notified when the Des Plaines Valley Mosquito Abatement District has scheduled spraying for adult mosquitoes can sign up at www.oak-park.us/notifyme. Registrants will be notified by an automated telephone system, email or text message as soon as possible following a decision to spray in Oak Park. Individuals without computer access may call 708.358.5694 to leave their phone number for telephone notification only. Visit www.desplainesvalleymad.com for information on spraying.