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Once again, a mosquito testing positive for West Nile Virus has been found in a trap in Pingree Grove which prompted the Village to spray the community for mosquitoes Monday night, August 27th.
According to the Kane County Health Department, a mosquito found in a health department mosquito trap in Pingree Grove recently tested positive for West Nile Virus. Other communities with positive mosquitoes include: Batavia, Carpentersville, Elburn, and Gilberts. No human case of West Nile Virus has been identified in Kane County yet this year.
The Village of Pingree Grove is making every effort to control the mosquito population within the Village. We routinely deposit larvicide tablets in catch basins and other areas where standing water can become stagnant. The Village also purchased our own mosquito fogging machine to allow for more frequent and timely sprayings throughout the Village. Of course, funding and weather are always factors in the frequency and timing of mosquito spraying. The spray is most effective when administered on a calm evening when rain is not in the forecast.
To further reduce your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes, the Illinois Department of Public Health recommends the following tips: