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Clarke to do city-wide mosquito spraying in St. Charles Friday night

ST. CHARLES – The city's mosquito control vendor, Clarke, plans to conduct a citywide spray Friday night, weather permitting.

Clarke uses a synthetic treatment that is safe for humans and pets. However, people with a respiratory condition are advised to stay indoors and close the windows during the application.

Residents who want to be notified of an upcoming spraying can call Clarke at 1-800-942-2555. To prevent bites, residents are advised to use insect repellent, avoid being outdoors during dawn and dusk hours when mosquitoes are most active and wear long sleeves.

Residents can also do the following to reduce mosquito population in their yards:

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

• Fill in or drain any low places in the yard.

• 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 your backyard pool is properly cared for—especially when on vacation.

• Change the water in birdbaths and planters frequently.

• Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well-trimmed around the house.

More information is available by going to the city's website, stcharlesil.gov or calling the city’s public works department at 630-377-4405.

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