Mosquito Spraying Planned In Highland Park

HIGHLAND PARK, IL — Spraying for mosquitoes is scheduled to take place in Highland Park and Deerfield Thursday night. The Southlake Mosquito Abatement District announced it would be conducting ground-based adult mosquito control operations due to the density and distribution of mosquitoes in recent samples. The district said the overall mosquito population has increased following heavy rainfall.

Thursday’s spraying is set to begin after 10 p.m. in the areas of Highland Park indicated in the map below and throughout Deerfield, according to officials in both towns.

(City of Highland Park)

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, as of Sept. 13, there have been four confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Lake County in 2018 among 51 cases statewide. One person has died, a 65-year-old resident of LaSalle County.

The virus is transmitted through bites from infected mosquito, which contract West Nile by feeding on birds with the disease. Symptoms, which can include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches, may last from a few days to a few weeks, but four out of five people infected will not show symptoms, according to IDPH. In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur. People older than 50 years old or with compromised immune systems are at an increased risk for severe illness.

Public health officials suggest taking these steps to reduce mosquitoes in your area as well as your chance of being bitten by a West Nile-infected mosquito:

  • Minimize time spent outoodrs outdoors when mosquitoes transmitting West Nile virus are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.
  • When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent.
  • Eliminate all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, such as old tires, buckets and other receptacles, or refresh the water in bird baths, flower pots and wading pools every couple days.

More information is available by calling the Southlake Mosquito Abatement District’s mosquito hotline at 800-942-2555.

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