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Mosquito Abatement
Mosquito Abatement Program
The Village has an aggressive and comprehensive mosquito abatement program. The Village and its contractor, Clarke Environmental, undertake the following monitoring and treatment activities throughout the year:
  • Ongoing trap counts and monitoring of standing bodies of water through-out the season.
  • Larviciding activities to kill mosquito larvae before they become adults. This includes chemical applications in standing bodies of water, stocking retention ponds with over 22,000 mosquito eating fish, and putting Altosid briquettes into storm water catch basins.
  • Finally, there is targeted adulticiding through the use of back-pack and truck spray applications. Clarke monitors information on mosquitoes from across the region, coupled with their computerized models to predict new broods being hatched, and coordination between spraying in different communities, to try and determine the appropriate time to utilize a truck spray. Unfortunately the truck spray application is the most ineffective method of control as the spray droplets need to touch the mosquitoes in order to kill them.
Helpful Tips and Suggestions
You can assist in controlling the mosquito population, and protect yourself, your children and your pets, by taking some simple steps:

  • When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, as well as light colored long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that includes DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants. Keep pets out of wet areas and check with your veterinarian before using products.
  • Keep your yard cut short and bushes trimmed so adult mosquitoes will not hide there.
  • While entertaining on patios or decks, running a strong fan can also effectively deter mosquitoes.
  • Discard old tires, tin cans, buckets, bottles, and other water-holding containers.
  • Keep gutters and drains clean so that water will drain properly. Repair leaky pipes and faucets.
  • Cover trash containers to keep out rainwater.
  • Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store indoors when not in use.
  • Change the water in birdbaths and plant pots at least once a week and stock ornamental ponds with mosquito eating fish or use mosquito larvae control products.
  • Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens and to keep them shut, especially at night.

Mosquito Hotline
The village contracts with Clarke Environmental for mosquito control. Residents can call 800-942-2555 if they have any questions or concerns about spraying or any other portion of the mosquito abatement program.

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