Latest Village NewsFight the Bite - Mosquito-borne Illness Prevention
The Kane County Health Department has collected a batch of mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile Virus near Gilberts.
Although people usually notice mosquitoes during rainy conditions, those mosquitoes are commonly called floodwater or nuisance mosquitoes and typically do not carry West Nile virus. In hot dry weather, mosquitoes that do carry West Nile virus breed in stagnant water and multiply rapidly. Remember, it’s never too early to inspect your home and yard for sources of standing water where these mosquitoes are like to breed.
The best way to prevent Wile Nile disease is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Precautions include:
- Examining your property and eliminating any items that can hold water, particularly smaller items that may be easily overlooked. Change water in birdbaths weekly. Additionally, residents are encouraged to report areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.
- Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn. Use prevention methods whenever mosquitoes are present.
- When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt and apply insect repellent that includes DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to label instructions. Always consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
- Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut, especially at night.
To learn more about West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases and about prevention methods you can visit the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) West Nile virus website
or contact the IDPH West Nile virus information hotline at 866-369-9710, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. You can also visit the Kane County Department of Public Health website
to view a map of the Health Department’s trap locations throughout the County and detailed monitoring results.