The Village has been informed by the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District (NSMAD) that West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes have been found in traps set out in Morton Grove.
A batch of mosquitoes, collected on June 2, 2017, from a NSMAD trap in Morton Grove, tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in their lab on June 6.
WNV positive batches of mosquitoes have also been found in NSMAD traps located in Evanston and Skokie.
While the risk of being infected with WNV is low at this time of year, the NSMAD recommends that residents take personal protection measures to minimize mosquito bites including: using insect repellent, wearing loose fitting clothing and avoiding peak mosquito feeding times during the hours around dawn and dusk. Residents are urged to examine their property and eliminate any items that can hold water, particularly smaller items that may be easily overlooked.
For additional information regarding what to look for around your home to discourage mosquitos, visit http://www.nsmad.com/fight-the-bite/around-your-home-2/. Information regarding mosquito repellents can be found at http://www.nsmad.com/fight-the-bite/repellent/. Remember, if it can hold water, it can breed mosquitoes.
Residents should follow the advice at this address if they find a dead bird: http://www.mortongroveil.org/how-to-handle-a-dead-bird/.
If residents would rather call the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District with their questions, they can be reached at 847 446-9434.