LOCKPORT, IL — The City of Lockport Public Works Department is reminding residents to exercise caution outdoors due to recent confirmed positive West Nile mosquito in Lockport by the Will County Health Department.
According to a release from the city, the Public Works Department has been spraying for mosquitoes and will spray again this week when weather permits. Culex mosquitoes are prime carriers of West Nile Virus and often breed in standing water and saturated areas, according to the release.
Public works advises that residents should avoid standing receptacles of water and report any stagnant/standing water situations. According to the release, the best way to prevent West Nile disease or any other mosquito-borne illness is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Precautions include:
- Whenever outdoors between dusk and dawn, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Loose fitting, light colored clothing is best. Consider staying indoors at dusk and dawn, which is peak mosquito biting time.
- Apply insect repellant to exposed skin when outdoors. The most effective repellents contain DEET. Use caution when applying repellant to children. Products containing 10 percent or less DEET are the most appropriate for children from 2 to 12 years of age. Use repellents as directed by the manufacturer.
- Install tight-fitting window and door screens. Check for and repair any tears in residential screens, including porches and patios. Try to keep doors and windows shut, especially at night.
- Reduce or eliminate the amount of standing water around your home. Remove old tires, tin cans, flower pots and buckets and change the water in birdbaths at least once a week. Any container holding water for more than four days can become a breeding ground for thousands of mosquitoes.
- Keep gutters clear of debris.
- Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well-trimmed around your home.
- Eliminate yard ruts and puddles.
- Aerate ornamental ponds or stock with larvae eating fish.
Residents can report standing water situations to City of Lockport – Public Works by calling 815-838-0549 option 8. For more information on the West Nile Virus, visit the Will County Health Department website or call the Will County Environmental Health’s automated West Nile Virus Information Line at 815-740-7631.
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Originally published August 22, 2017.