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Mundelein Takes Proactive Approach to Mosquito Control

Recently, the West Nile virus has been making headlines. In an effort to decrease the potential for spreading West Nile virus to humans, the Village of Mundelein takes a proactive approach to mosquito control. The Village’s contractor, Clarke Environmental, administers its mosquito abatement program. The program includes: inspections, surveillance, and treatment of larval and adult mosquitos. Larval and adult mosquito treatments are applied by foot, vehicle, or helicopter. Clarke also treats the Village’s storm sewer catch basins, inlets, and manholes. Clarke will continue to monitor mosquito traps within the Village through the end of the summer.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Common West Nile virus symptoms include: fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms. In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur. People older than 50 are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus.

The best way to prevent West Nile disease or any other mosquito-borne illness is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Precautions include practicing the three "R's" – reduce, repel and report.

REDUCE Expose – avoid being outdoors when mosquitos are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.
• Eliminate all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including water in bird baths, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires, and any other receptacles.
• Make sure gutters are clear of debris and water if flowing unobstructed
• Try to keep doors and windows shut, especially at night. Make sure screens are tight-fitting and do not have tears.
• Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well-trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes will not hide there.

REPEL –When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.

REPORT – Report locations where you see water sitting stagnant for more than a week such as roadside ditches, flooded yards, and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes to hotline@clarke.com or by calling the mosquito hotline at (800) 942-2555.

Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the IDPH website at www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm

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