The Desplaines Valley Mosquito Abatement District has announced it will be conducting adult mosquito control spraying in Riverside east of First Avenue, as well as Lyons, Hodgkins, McCook and Forest Park between 8 p.m. and midnight on Wednesday, Aug. 19.
The district conducted a similar spraying operation on Aug. 17 in North Riverside.
According to the DVMAD website, the mosquito control operations were initiated in response to increased levels of adult mosquitos capable of transmitting West Nile Virus to humans.
In an Aug. 3 press release, the district stated that while mosquitos carrying West Nile are not aggressive biters, “recent warm temperatures have created ideal conditions for production of this mosquito species along with rapid amplification of [West Nile Virus].”
To reduce mosquito breeding places, the district encourages residents to throw away any trash that can hold water, clean gutters and downspouts, change water in bird baths and wading pools weekly, remove or turn over containers where water can accumulate, screen rain barrels, dispose of used tires and aerate ornamental ponds and stock them with goldfish or other surface-eating fish.