The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is continuing its efforts against West Nile virus. Based on results from its citywide mosquito surveillance program, CDPH has determined the need to spray to kill adult mosquitoes in parts of the Far North Side on Tuesday, August 9th and parts of the South Side on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016.
Spraying will occur in areas identified by the mosquito program in portions of Albany Park, Forest Glen, North Park and Norwood Park communities on the North Side and Ashburn, Chicago Lawn, Gage Park, New City, West Englewood and West Lawn communities on the South Side. Weather permitting, the spraying will begin at dusk on both evenings and continue through the night until approximately 1:00am, with licensed mosquito abatement technicians in trucks dispensing an ultra-low-volume spray.
CDPH reminds residents to take precautions against mosquitoes that may carry the virus, including:
- Use insect repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
- Eliminate standing water. This includes emptying water from flowerpots, gutters, pool covers, pet water dishes and birdbaths regularly.
- Keep grass and weeds short to eliminate hiding places for adult mosquitoes.
- When outside between dusk and dawn, wear loose-fitting, light colored clothing including long pants, long sleeve shirts, socks and shoes.
- Check that all screens, windows, and doors are tight-fitting and free of holes and tears.
- Check on neighbors regularly who may need additional assistance, including the elderly.
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