The South Cook County Mosquito Abatement District (SCCMAD), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) surveillances indicate a large increase in West Nile Virus activity in mosquitoes.
It is important that residents and businesses eliminate stagnant water on their properties. To avoid mosquito bites and prevent West Nile Virus disease, these precautions are recommended:
- Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.
- When outdoors at this time, use mosquito repellent.
- Change water in bird baths and wading pools daily.
- Eliminate water in flowerpots, children toys, old tires and any other receptacles.
- Clear gutters and down spouts so water does not sit in them.
- Report catch basin or standing water on you property to SCCMAD.
- Un-maintained swimming pools may produce thousands of mosquitoes. Report these instances to your City Hall or SCCMAD.