Cook County Mosquito Abatement District Announces Orland Park Spraying

Cook County Mosquito Abatement District Announces Orland Park Spraying
Posted on 08/24/2012

ORLAND PARK, Ill.- August 24, 2012 - The South Cook County Mosquito Abatement District (SCCMAD) will spray for mosquitoes in Orland Park on Tuesday, August 28th and continuing through Thursday, August 30th, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The spraying will effectively reduce the mosquito population in Orland Park and lessen the potential spreading of West Nile Virus.

West Nile Virus activity has been widespread in Cook and DuPage Counties in Illinois throughout this year and the risk of the disease remains strong. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the number of human cases of West Nile Virus in the United States has remained relatively high over the past decade. In 2011, there were 34 reported human cases of West Nile Virus in Illinois and 712 total cases in the U.S.

The Village of Orland Park will continue to update residents by issuing public notifications regarding mosquitoes and the presence of the West Nile Virus in Cook County.

The Cook County Department of Public Health reports 29 cases in its jurisdiction which does not include Oak Park, Evanston, Stickney Township, Skokie or Chicago.

According to the Mosquito Abatement District, the only way to kill mosquitoes that are potential vectors of the disease is to conduct large area spraying at night. The district currently uses a synthetic chemical licensed in Illinois for mosquito control called Aqua Reslin. Some people may be allergic or sensitive to these chemicals. If this condition exists for you or someone in your household please call SCCMAD at 708-333-4120. The active ingredient in Aqua Reslin is Pyrethrum, which is derived from chrysanthemum flowers. Pyrethrum is environmentally friendly and has the following unique properties: it poisons insects upon contact, attacking the central nervous system and resulting in faster knockdown and kill; it is one of the least toxic insecticides available, boasting a long history of proven safety towards humans and animals; when not present in fatal amounts, pyrethrum acts as a repellent to protect food establishments, grain storage, and crops from insect pests; it agitates insects in their hiding places, flushing them out and forcing them to be exposed to the insecticide; it consists of a group of compounds rather than a single compound, resulting in a wider scope of activity against pests than other insecticides, and it can be used against almost any pest in the house or garden.

West Nile Virus is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes. The best way to prevent it is to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. West Nile is most often contracted late in the summer. This is when the mosquitoes that spread the disease are abundant.

SCCMAD provides suggestions on how best to prepare one's home to reduce the mosquito population.

- After it rains, eliminate all standing water outside.
- Regularly empty and clean out bird baths, gutters, and swimming pools.
- Cut grass and weeds to reduce harborage areas for adult mosquitoes.
- Check screen doors and windows for holes and rips.
- Point out any of these problem areas to neighbors and friends.
- Do not rely solely on do not rely on bug zappers and mosquito magnets as a means of protection from mosquitoes.
- Use mosquito repellent when outside in the evening and at night.