- How do I report mosquito problems?
- What does the Village do to control the mosquito population?
- Are mosquito control applications safe for humans?
- Are mosquito control applications safe for the environment?
- How can I help control the mosquito population?
How do I report mosquito problems?
DuPage County residents can call 1-800-942-2555 to alert our contractor, Clarke Mosquito Control, of any mosquito problems. Additional information can be found on their web site at www.clarkemosquito.com.
Cook County residents can contact the Desplaines Valley Mosquito Abatement District at (708) 447-1765 to report any mosquito problems.
What does the Village do to control the mosquito population?
The Village contracts for mosquito control in DuPage County but the Desplaines Valley Mosquito Abatement District treats Cook County.
The Village's contract with Clarke Mosquito Control includes surveillance and monitoring, larval control, adult mosquito management, Ultra Low Volume treatments with Mosquitomist 1.0 or comparable insecticide when migratory adult mosquito monitoring thresholds are exceeded or when an encephalitis alert is issued, four catch basin control treatments and four helicopter applications complete the program, which begins in early spring.
Adulticiding is one of the four main components of an integrated pest management program advocated by the CDC and EPA. The four components include surveillance, larviciding, adulticiding and public education. Each of these has a significant role in minimizing the impact of mosquito-borne diseases. In lab and field tests, application of an adulticiding treatment can reduce affected mosquito populations between 20% and 80% with a single application, based on weather conditions.
Are mosquito control applications safe for humans?
The U.S. EPA has stated that while no pesticide is 100% safe, chemicals used in adult mosquito control "have been evaluated for this use and found to pose minimal risks to human health and the environment when used according to label directions."
According to the EPA, they assess "a wide variety of potential human health and environmental effects associated with use of the product." The EPA reviews research that identifies potential risks to humans, wildlife, fish and plants, as well as the potential for contaminating groundwater. To be approved for use as an adult control product, it must meet EPA requirements.
How can I help control the mosquito population?
Residents can help reduce the number of mosquitoes by eliminating sources of standing water where mosquitoes breed.
- Dispose of any waste that could hold water, such as cans, containers and tires.
- Drill holes in the bottom of trash receptacles and recycling bins.
- Clean your roof gutters frequently and check storm drains and window wells for standing water.
- Empty standing water from boats, trailers, toys, wheelbarrows and pots. Turn them over when not in use.
- Do not allow water to stagnate in swimming pools, water gardens, ornamental pools or birdbaths. Ornamental pools should be aerated or stocked with fish.
- Inspect and change the landscape of your property to eliminate any standing water. In warm weather, mosquitoes can breed in any puddle of water.