Oswego Mosquito Control Has Begun
May 30, 2015 10:25AM
● By Steven Jack
Oswego has begun its annual efforts to minimize mosquito populations and help reduce the risk of West Nile Virus.
The Village again has contracted with St. Charles-based Clarke to conduct its mosquito control operations. So far this year, Clarke has mapped mosquito breeding sites and has begun treating those sites with Natular, an OMRI-listed larvicide to prevent mosquito eggs from hatching into adult mosquitoes.
Oswego’s adult mosquito control operations will begin when surveillance detects a rise in adult mosquito populations or the presence of West Nile Virus or other mosquito-borne disease.
“West Nile Virus is a rare but serious disease transmitted from bird to mosquito to human,” said George Balis, entomologist for Clarke, the Village’s contractor for larviciding and surveillance operations. “West Nile is endemic to the Chicago area and can resurface at any time, given the right weather conditions.”
Both larviciding (eliminating mosquito larvae) and adulticiding are part of Oswego’s comprehensive mosquito control program. Larviciding involves treating catch basins, storm drains and standing water with biological insecticides that are designed to attack the mosquito in the aquatic larval stage before they are air borne,. Adulticiding involves dispersing an ultra-low volume product through truck mounted sprayers that interacts with mosquitoes on the wing to reduce adult populations.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Joint Statement on Mosquito Control in the United States, “All insecticides used in the U.S. for public health use have been approved and registered by the EPA following the review of many scientific studies. The EPA has assessed these chemicals and found that, when used according to label directions, they do not pose unreasonable risk to public health and the environment.”
To be alerted when Clarke will be in your neighborhood spraying, call 1-800-942-2555 to be put on a call registry.