City of Naperville’s Mosquito Control Program Underway
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~ As the summer season approaches, the City of Naperville has launched its annual mosquito abatement program to control the mosquito population. The program includes various measures such as larval control, mosquito monitoring, and targeted spraying to reduce the number of mosquitoes in the city.

According to city officials, one of the key strategies in controlling mosquitoes is by targeting them in their larval stage. City crews are actively inspecting and removing standing water wherever possible, as well as treating ponds, marsh areas, and catch basins throughout the city. This helps prevent mosquitoes from reaching their adult stage and breeding further.

To monitor the effectiveness of these efforts, the city has set up 11 mosquito traps that are checked weekly. This allows for early detection of any rise in adult mosquito populations and also helps in testing for West Nile Virus. In cases where spraying is necessary to control adult mosquitoes, the city ensures that only safe chemicals are used in very low volumes. These products are registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in residential areas and are recommended by both EPA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to mitigate outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases.

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One such disease is West Nile Virus, which is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. While most people infected with this virus do not experience any symptoms or only have mild symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, and skin rash on torso or swollen lymph glands within 3-14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. However, less than one percent of those infected may develop severe symptoms. Those over 50 years old are at a higher risk of developing severe disease.

To prevent West Nile Virus or any other mosquito-borne illness, residents are advised to take precautions to reduce the number of mosquitoes around their homes and avoid getting bitten. This includes eliminating stagnant water sources like birdbaths, flowerpots, old tires, etc., wearing protective clothing such as long pants and long-sleeved shirts when outdoors between dusk and dawn, using mosquito repellent containing 25-35% DEET, and keeping yards well-maintained by cutting grass short and trimming shrubbery to remove mosquito hiding spots.

For more information on the city's mosquito control program, residents can visit the city's website at By working together and taking necessary precautions, the City of Naperville hopes to have a successful mosquito abatement program this summer.

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