Mosquitos and West Nile Virus
Residents are encouraged to look for potential mosquito breeding sources around the home and take the following simple precautions:
Residents are encouraged to use a common sense approach in avoiding exposure to adult mosquitoes and any potential mosquito-borne diseases. Window screens should be inspected and repaired if damaged to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home. In addition, any openings around window air conditioners, clothes dryer vents, etc. should be eliminated for the same reason. If possible, avoid outdoor activities around dusk. If not possible, wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long sleeved shirt. Loose fitting, light colored clothing is best. Appropriate use of insect repellents per manufacturer's instructions is recommended.
Please report dead birds to the Cook County Department of Public Health at 708-633-8025.
- Throw away all trash that can hold water, such as cans, jars, and bottles.
- Clean rain gutters/downspouts to prevent water from standing in gutters or flat roofs.
- Change water in bird baths, wading pools, etc. at least once a week.
- Maintaining swimming pools properly.
- Remove or turn over containers, buckets, and the like which may accumulate water.
- Screen rain barrels to prevent adult mosquitoes from depositing eggs on the water's surface.
- Aerate ornamental ponds and stock with goldfish or other surface-feeding fish to control mosquito production.
- Dispose of any used tires without rims to prevent water accumulation.