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Clarke Environmental will be performing a ground-based adult mosquito control treatment this evening, Tuesday, August 2nd. The application will occur after 8 p.m., weather permitting.
The Village contracts with Clarke Environmental to provide mosquito abatement services for the Itasca community. The contractor performs multiple village-wide sprayings each year as part of an integrated pest management plan that includes inspections, surveillance of mosquito populations, and treatments for both larval and adult mosquito control. The program does not eliminate all mosquitoes, but controls the population to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus.
Clarke Mosquito Control has a hotline established to answer all residents’ questions and concerns. The number is 1-800-942-2555. Please feel free to call them anytime for additional general information or for more specific information regarding your particular subdivision. They can give you detailed information about the numbers and types of mosquitoes found in your area and the methods they are using to control them. You can also call them to be placed on a notification list for sprayings.
To help citizens protect themselves against West Nile Virus (WNV), the DuPage County Health Department has created a Personal Protection Index (PPI) that will inform residents of the amount of WNV activity in the county, as well as prevention steps that are recommended.
When activated, residents should follow the 4 Ds of prevention that coincide with the PPI risk level:
Drain any items that collect standing water around your home, yard or business. Scrub and refill pet water dishes and bird baths daily.
Use an insect repellent containing DEET when outdoors and reapply according to directions.
Wear long pants, long sleeves and closed toe shoes when outside to cover the skin.
Wear repellent outdoors during these prime times for mosquito activity.
For more information, please visit the DuPage County West Nile Virus webpage.