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Posted on: June 29, 2015

Record Rainfall Leads to Increase in Mosquito Population

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This is officially the wettest June on record in Illinois and the conditions are ideal for floodwater mosquito breeding. The Village has several sprays planned but there are things you can do to help fight the bite.

The Village of Lombard’s mosquito abatement program with Clarke Mosquito Control includes the standard treatment all of standing waters and public catch basins with larvicide, but the Village also goes beyond many other municipalities by also treating backyard (i.e. private) catch basins. It is important to note that there are many species of mosquitoes that impact the Lombard area. Our larvicide program is focused on targeting Culex Pipiens mosquitoes, which are larger in size than average mosquitoes, and may carry West Nile Virus. These mosquitoes breed in warm, nutrient-rich standing water typically over 7 days.

Floodwater mosquitoes are smaller in size and more numerous than Culex Pipiens, and have a 3 day incubation period. While these pesky mosquitoes cause discomfort, and produce large numbers, these mosquitoes do not carry West Nile Virus. Floodwater mosquitoes may breed in as little as 3 days in standing water or even damp vegetation. To keep up with this lifecycle, spraying would have to take place every 3 days (@ $9,600 per Village-wide treatment). Spraying for mosquitoes is useful for short-term control and this year we have allocated the Village’s four area-specific sprayings that are included per our Contract (all normally for the Taste of Lombard) to the fireworks, the Civil War reenactment and National Night Out.
http://www.villageoflombard.org/2125/Mosquito-Abatement

Lombard currently ranks at DuPage County Health Department’s Risk Level 1 – Low (http://www.dupagehealth.org/ftb). Following their recommendations, we advise residents to:
• Minimize time spent outdoors at dawn, dusk and in the early evening, when mosquitoes are the most active.
• Wear light colored, long sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.
• Apply DEET-based insect repellents sparingly to exposed skin and clothing. Repellents may irritate eyes/mouths, so avoid applying to the hands of children.
• Make sure that doors and windows have tight fitting screens.
• Remove containers that may hold water to eliminate standing water which serves as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, i.e., discarded tires, cans, ceramic pots.
• Keep weeds and grass cut short since adult mosquitoes look for shady places to rest during the hot daylight hours.
• Change water in bird baths at least once per week.
• Drain water from pool covers, and keep pools and hot tubs chlorinated and clean.
• Keep gutters clean.

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