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Community-wide Mosquito Spraying Planned

Sep 18, 2014 07:44PM ● By Steven Jack
Clarke Environmental Mosquito Control will conduct a community-wide spraying for mosquito control during the evening of Friday, Sept. 19, weather permitting. 

West Nile Virus was discovered in Oswego last month, and despite the recent cool temperatures the threat of WNV still persists. Human cases were recently reported in DuPage, Cook and Kane counties. 

Residents are encouraged to follow normal precautions to keep from getting bitten by mosquitos. The health department offers the following tips:
  • Eliminate sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding, including plugged gutters, flower pots, old tires, and any other receptacles that can hold water.  Flush bird baths once a week.
  • Try to avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes most likely to carry the virus are most active, especially from dusk to dawn.
  • When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and, following the labled instructions apply insect repellent that includes DEET. 
  • Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.  Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings.  Try to keep doors and windows that are not screened, closed.
Oswego residents wishing to be placed on the call notification list for mosquito spraying should contact the Clarke Mosquito Hotline at: 1-800-942-2555.