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WNV Notice - 09/17/20

This Summer's dry conditions coupled with warm temperatures have created ideal conditions for the production of mosquitoes involved in the transmission of West Nile Virus (WNV), and subsequent amplification of WNV within the adult mosquito population. Although due to cool temperatures and shortened days, mosquito breeding activity and WNV amplification is now slowed, the rate of WNV among vector mosquitoes remains elevated.

With the elevated risk of WNV transmission, residents are encouraged to use a common sense approach in avoiding exposure to adult mosquitoes and any potential mosquito-borne diseases.

Window screens should be inspected and repaired if damaged to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home. In addition, any openings around window air conditioners, clothes dryer vents, etc. should be eliminated for the same reason. If possible, avoid outdoor activities around dusk. If not possible, 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.

Checking around the yard and eliminating sources of standing water (tires, buckets, trash cans, unchanged wading pools and bird baths, etc.) will reduce the number of mosquitoes that carry WNV.

Adult Mosquito Control Operations

No adult mosquito control operations are scheduled at this time.

Adult mosquito control operations are scheduled only when mosquitoes are detected to be involved in elevated levels of a disease transmission cycle. In order to help fight against mosquitoes in your neighborhood, please check out our page on at home prevention.

Click here for more information on the District's adult control operations.

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COVID-19 Statement

The Desplaines Valley Mosquito Abatement District (DVMAD) cares about the health and well-being of our residents and employees. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DVMAD will be adapting operations to ensure we are providing service to the public in as safe and responsible a manner as possible. In order to comply with social distancing guidelines, we will be working with a reduced staff. While this will impact operations in many aspects, essential operations focusing on the monitoring and control of vector mosquitoes involved in West Nile Virus transmission to humans will remain unchanged.