A citywide spray for mosquito abatement will be conducted Monday evening, June 30, weather permitting, by Clarke, the City’s mosquito abatement vendor.
The treatment will help control nuisance mosquitoes and reduce the potential of mosquito-borne disease transmission. It is part of a robust program for combating mosquito outbreaks, which includes surveillance and monitoring, larval control and adult control.
“Last week, the Kane County Health Department reported a bird in Campton Township was the first to test positive for the West Nile virus in the County this season,” said Peter Suhr, Director of Public Works. “In addition to the City’s efforts to reduce the mosquito population, there are steps residents can take to help control mosquitos.”
What you can do:
- Discard old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles, or any water holding containers sitting outside.
- Fill in or drain any low places in the yard.
- Cover trash containers to keep out rainwater.
- Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets.
- Empty plastic wading pools at least once each week and store indoors when not in use.
- Make sure your backyard pool is properly cared for while on vacation.
- Change the water in birdbaths and planters frequently.
- Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well-trimmed around the house.
- To prevent bites, the Illinois Department of Public Health encourages residents to use insect repellent, avoid being outdoors during dawn and dusk hours when mosquitoes are most active, and to wear long sleeves.
Residents may call Clarke directly at 1-800-942-2555 regarding the spraying schedule, mosquito annoyances, treatments, standing water, dead birds, etc. Information is also available on Clarke's website at www.clarke.com or the City website at www.stcharlesil.gov. For additional questions, contact the Public Works office at 630-377-4405.