West Nile Virus Precautions
As temperatures rise, so does the threat of the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus. Public health officials are asking all residents to take precautions to avoid bites by limiting your time outdoors between dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. If you must be outdoors, wear long-sleeves, pants and socks, and use insect repellent with 30% DEET, primarily applied to clothing. Residents can also help reduce the mosquito population by eliminating breeding sites by cleaning roof gutters, storing containers upside down, covering trash containers to keep out rainwater and emptying birdbaths and wading pools every few days. It also helps to keep grass and weeds cut short and to make sure your screen doors close tightly to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
Dead bird collection is available by calling (847) 671-8240 and to determine if the bird is suitable for testing. Village inspectors are larviciding mosquito pools that are found and reported. Also, backyard catch basins can be treated by Inspectional Services by contacting them at (847) 671-8240.