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St. Charles to conduct mosquito spraying

ST. CHARLES – A citywide spray for mosquito abatement is set for Monday evening to help control nuisance mosquitoes and reduce the potential of mosquito-borne disease transmission, according to a St. Charles news release.

Clarke, the city's mosquito-abatement vendor, will conduct the spraying, weather permitting.

Call Clarke at 800-942-2555 about the spraying schedule, mosquito annoyances, treatments, standing water and dead birds, visit www.clarke.com or www.stcharlesil.gov for information.

Monday's treatment is part of a larger program for combating mosquito outbreaks, which includes surveillance and monitoring, larval control and adult control.

"Last week, the Kane County Health Department reported a bird in Campton Township was the first to test positive for the West Nile virus in the county this season," Public Works Director Peter Suhr said in the release.

"In addition to the city’s efforts to reduce the mosquito population, there are steps residents can take to help control mosquitos."

Residents can do the following:

• Discard old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles, or any water-holding containers outside.

• Fill in or drain any low places in yards.

• Cover trash containers to keep out rainwater.

• Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets.

• Empty plastic wading pools at least once each week and store indoors when not in use.

• Make sure backyard pools are properly cared for while on vacation.

• Change water in birdbaths and planters frequently.

• Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed.

• To prevent bites, use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and avoid being outdoors during dawn and dusk hours, when mosquitoes are most active.

Contact the public works office at 630-377-4405 for information.

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