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Posted on: August 28, 2018

Another mosquito found in Pingree Grove trap tests positive for West Nile Virus


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:

  • Wear insect repellent applied according to manufacturer's instruction.  Supervise the use of such products by children;
  • Wear light-colored long pants and long-sleeved shirts to cover exposed skin;
  • Repair holes in door and window screens;
  • Clean roof gutters and downspout screens regularly;
  • Get rid of old tires, buckets, drums, bottles and any other water-holding containers from the yard;
  • Fill in or drain any low places (puddles, ruts) in the yard;
  • Keep drains, ditches and culvers clean of weeds and trash so water will drain properly;
  • Cover trash cans to keep out rainwater;
  • Empty plastic wading pools, birdbaths, plant pots or drip trays every four to five days;
  • Add sand to outdoor plant pot drip trays to absorb excess water;
  • Tree rot holes and hollow stumps can hold water; make sure they are filled with sand or "rock wool;"
  • Keep your grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes will not hide there;
  • For places like small stagnant ponds, rain barrels and low-lying wet areas, use environmentally friendly larvicides, which kill mosquito larvae without danger to people, pets or wildlife; follow all label directions.

IL Dept of Public Health - West Nile Virus
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