Stickney Public Health District Efforts to Control Mosquitoes
BURBANK – In an effort to battle West Nile virus The Stickney Township Health District has begun spraying to kill adult mosquitoes throughout the Township. Spraying began on June16th and will continue through June 26th or until necessary to spray the entire Township. Spraying is contingent on appropriate weather conditions. Weather permitting, the spraying will begin at dusk and continue through the night, with licensed mosquito abatement technicians in trucks dispensing an ultra-low-volume spray.
“We’re all happy to be able to get outside again, but protecting yourself and your family against mosquitoes and the viruses they carry means taking proper precautions, warns Township Supervisor Louis S. Viverito.”
The material being used to control the adult mosquitoes is ANVIL® 2+ 2 ULV. It is approved for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is used to control mosquitoes in outdoor residential and recreational areas.
Each year, SPHD conducts a comprehensive West Nile virus surveillance, prevention and control program. In addition to spraying, SPHD also releases larvicide in catch basins, which helps limit the number of mosquitoes that can carry the virus. SPHD regularly conducts testing on mosquitoes caught in traps throughout the Township. Using results of these tests, SPHD will determine the appropriate steps to be taken in order to best protect Township residents.
West Nile virus cannot be transmitted from person-to-person. WNV is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread WNV to humans and other animals when they bite. Most mosquitoes do not carry the virus.
SPHD reminds residents to take precautions against mosquitoes that may carry the virus:
Use insect repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
Eliminate standing water. This includes emptying water from flowerpots, gutters, pool covers, pet water dishes and birdbaths regularly.
Keep grass and weeds short to eliminate hiding places for adult mosquitoes.
When outside between dusk and dawn, wear loose-fitting, light colored clothing including long pants, long sleeve shirts, socks and shoes.
Check that all screens, windows and doors are tight-fitting and free of holes and tears
Check on neighbors regularly who may need additional assistance, including the elderly.