ST. CHARLES – The city of St. Charles is planning a city-wide spray for mosquitos today.
The treatment, which will be applied by the city's mosquito abatement vendor, Clarke, will help control nuisance mosquitos and reduce diseases carried by mosquitos. The program includes surveillance and monitoring of mosquitos, and larval and adult control, according to a news release from the city of St. Charles.
“The recent rains and predicted hot and humid weather are creating perfect breeding conditions for mosquitos,” said Peter Suhr, Assistant Director of Public Works, in the news release. “While the City has a program for reducing the mosquito population, there are steps residents can take to help control mosquitos.”
The city offered the following tips for helping to control mosquitos at home:
• Discard old tires, tin cans, buckets or any containers that can hold water and sit outdoors.
• Fill in or drain any low areas in the yard.
• Cover trash containers to keep water out.
• Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets.
• Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store them indoors when they're not in use.
• Those with backyard pools should make sure the pool is properly cared for, especially while on vacation.
• Frequently change the water in birdbaths and planters.
• Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well-trimmed around the house.
• The Illinois Department of Public Health encourages residents to use insect repellent, avoid being outdoors during dawn and dusk hours when mosquitos are most active, and wear long sleeves to prevent bites.
Residents can call Clarke at 1-800-942-2555 regarding the spraying schedule, mosquito annoyances, treatments, standing water or dead birds.
Information is also available on Clarke's website at www.clarke.com or the City website at www.stcharlesil.gov. For additional questions, contact the Public Works office at 630-377-4405.