West Nile Mosquito Spraying Expands to Lincoln Square North Neighborhood Tonight

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Lincoln Square North sprayed for West Nile mosquitoes. Credit: Flickr/dr_relling

While you might logically assume that a dry, hot spring and summer would decrease the mosquito population, the conditions actually combine to increase the number of insects carrying West Nile Virus. In Chicago, several neighborhoods have been targeted for spraying to kill adult mosquitoes, including Lincoln Square North (Western to the River, Lawrence to Foster); traps in the affected areas have yielded mosquitoes with West Nile.

On Wednesday, Aug. 1, spraying will begin at 8 p.m. and continue until 1 a.m. In addition to action taken by the city, CDPH recommends the following ways for residents to combat West Nile:

  • Use insect repellant containing DEET, Picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus
  • Consider limiting outdoor activity after dark (dusk to dawn), which is when Northern House Mosquito is most active
  • When outside between dusk and dawn, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing that includes long pants, long-sleeved shirts, socks and shoes
  • Check to see that all screen on doors and windows are tight-fitting and free of holes and tears
  • Drain and replace water in birdbaths and children’s backyard wading pools every four to five days
  • Properly dispose of unwanted containers that can hold standing water
  • Make sure that rain gutters, downspouts, swimming pools and pool covers are free of standing water
  • Keep grass and weeds cut short to eliminate hiding places for adult mosquitoes

Out of 1,255 mosquito pools tested this year, 18.7 percent came back positive for WNV, compared with 1 percent at the same point in 2011.
Mosquito Spraying, Aug. 1

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