The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District has found the first West Nile virus positive mosquitoes to occur in our traps in Morton Grove this year.
A batch of mosquitoes, collected on July 27, 2020, from an NSMAD trap in Morton Grove, tested positive for West Nile virus in our lab on July 29.
This year, WNV positive batches of mosquitoes have also been found in NSMAD traps in Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Lincolnwood, Niles, Northfield, Skokie, Wilmette and Winnetka. Please visit the NSMAD website to see the most current test results.
While the risk of being infected with West Nile virus is low at this time, 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.
Remember, if it can hold water, it can breed mosquitoes.