The best way to prevent mosquito-borne illness is to reduce breeding sites such as clogged gutters and down spouts, uncovered pools, stagnant bird baths, refuse containers without lids, and overflowing flower pot drainage trays.
You can also help defend you and your family by following the 4 D's of Defense when outdoors:
Drain: empty standing water from any outdoor flower pot or container which attracts mosquitoes.
Defend: Use an insect repellent containing DEET when outdoors and reapply according to directions.
Dress: Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeve tee shirts and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin. Mosquito netting can be used to cover babies younger than 2 months old in carriers, strollers, or cribs.
Dusk & Dawn: avoid or limit outdoor activity at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
To help the fight against mosquitoes, the Village provides mosquito abatement services, through Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management, Inc., and schedules tests of breeding sites, treating known breeding sites, and performing larvicide activities.
Mosquito spraying, which addresses adult mosquitoes, is performed if trap results indicate a nuisance level of flood-water mosquitoes (Aedes Vexans) or threat of West Nile Virus (carried by the Culex Pipiens). Therefore, there is no spraying schedule throughout the mosquito season, which typically ranges from May-October.
Spraying is conducted at times when adult mosquito activity is greatest (dusk to dawn) and in weather conditions when the spray will be most effective. Throughout mosquito season, residents may also notice our contractor placing larvicide briquettes in storm sewer catch basins to reduce the population of mosquitos at their larval stage.
If residents experience high levels of mosquito activity, contact Clarke’s mosquito hotline directly at (800) 942-2555. For more information about how to live with mosquitoes, please visit our website.