The DuPage County Health Department has confirmed two human cases of West Nile Virus, in northeast Lombard. The best ways to protect yourselves and family members against the risk of contracting West Nile Virus include:
- Wear repellent after dusk.
- Minimize time spent outdoors at dawn, dusk and in the early evening, when mosquitoes are the most active.
- Wear light colored, long sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.
- Apply DEET-based insect repellents sparingly to exposed skin and clothing. Repellents may irritate eyes/mouths, so avoid applying to the hands of children.
- Make sure that doors and windows have tight fitting screens.
- Remove containers that may hold water to eliminate standing water which serves as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, i.e., discarded tires, cans, ceramic pots.
- Keep weeds and grass cut short since adult mosquitoes look for shady places to rest during the hot daylight hours.
- Change water in bird baths at least once per week.
- Drain water from pool covers, and keep pools and hot tubs chlorinated and clean.
- Keep gutters clean.
- Inform the Village at (630) 620-5740 if you have a private catch basin. The Village will have it added to the list for larviciding briquettes.
The Village of Lombard’s mosquito abatement program with Clarke Mosquito Control includes the standard treatment all of standing waters with larvicide, but the Village also goes beyond many other municipalities by also treating backyard (i.e. private) catch basins. It is important to note that there are many species of mosquitoes that impact the Lombard area. The Village's larvicide program is focused on targeting Culex Pipiens mosquitoes, which are larger in size than average mosquitoes, and may carry West Nile Virus as larva. These mosquitoes breed in warm, nutrient-rich standing water over 7 days.
For more information, visit www.villageoflombard.org/mosquitoabatement.