An unusually wet spring and early summer has created the perfect breeding ground for summer mosquitoes. This spring was the seventh wettest season since 1895, and averaged more than four inches above average in rainfall.
“Because of the rain that we’ve had and the increasing heat, especially in recent weeks, the regular mosquito population is definitely booming. It’s definitely a large population,” said David Hass, the Public Information Officer of the DuPage County Health Department.
The Naperville Department of Public Works takes preventative measures to stop the mosquito growth early on.
“If we get a service call from a resident saying the mosquitoes are bad then we’ll go out and do what we can, but we want to get there and prevent it prior to getting calls from residents,” said Jon Pavlovich, Mosquito Abatement Temporary for the Department of Public Works.
The Department sets traps at 15 different locations in the city to catch and test mosquitoes for possible disease. To help control the mosquito population a contact spray is used. It attacks the mosquitoes in their larval stage with chemicals that work up to 90 days.
“Once they fly into it, it essentially eats them from the inside out…it’s really to keep the nuisance mosquitoes down,” said Pavlovich. “It’s not necessarily to target a virus, but to keep the public happy, the residents happy, and to make sure that we are doing our job properly.”
Mosquitoes are most active during dawn and dusk. If you’re going to be outdoors during these times, the DuPage Health Department suggests wearing long sleeves, spraying yourself with bug repellant, and removing standing water from around your homes.
“We tell people to be cautious about their activities, but don’t curtail your daily events. If you are a gardener, go out and garden. If you go to softball games, soccer games, keep doing that, just protect yourself a little bit,” said Hass.
Residents can also trim bushes and hedges to increase airflow, which in turn reduces the likelihood of mosquitoes.
The Health Department has reported that the nuisance mosquito has not created cause for health related concerns. While the incidents of West Nile Virus is a possibility, to date there have been no reported cases in the Naperville area.
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