News and Announcements
Adult Mosquito Control Operations
Adult mosquito control operations are planned for Thursday, July 29th,between the hours of 8:00PM and midnight (weather permitting) for all areas within the Villages of Berkeley, Hillside (North of Roosevelt Road), and Bellwood (West of the IHB railroad tracks).
Adult mosquito control operations are scheduled only when mosquitoes are detected to be involved in elevated levels of a disease transmission cycle. In order to help fight against mosquitoes in your neighborhood, please check out our page on at-home prevention.
Click here for more information on the District's adult control operations.
Update - July 21 2021
With the return of warm temperatures coupled with drier conditions, the production of mosquitoes involved in the transmission of West Nile Virus (WNV) is on the increase. Our first WNV positive mosquito sample was found in mid-June. District monitoring of adult mosquito populations for WNV has found additional positive samples this week. While the risk of WNV transmission is still low at this time, amplification of WNV within the adult mosquito population is on the increase.
Residents are encouraged to use a common sense approach in avoiding exposure to adult mosquitoes and any potential mosquito-borne diseases. Window screens should be inspected and repaired if damaged to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home. In addition, any openings around window air conditioners, clothes dryer vents, etc. should be eliminated for the same reason. If possible, avoid outdoor activities around dusk. If not possible, wear shoes, socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Loose fitting, light colored clothing is best. Appropriate use of insect repellents per manufacturer’s instructions is recommended.
Residents should look for potential mosquito breeding sources around the home and take the following simple steps:
1) Throw away all trash that can hold water as cans, jars, bottles, etc.
2) Clean rain gutters/downspouts to prevent water from standing in gutters or on flat roofs.
3) Change water in bird baths, wading pools, etc. at least once a week.
4) Maintain swimming pools properly.
5) Remove or turn over containers, buckets, wheel barrows, etc. which may accumulate water.
6) Screen rain barrels to prevent adult mosquitoes from depositing eggs on the water’s surface.
7) Aerate ornamental ponds and stock with goldfish or other surface-feeding fish to control mosquito production.
8) Dispose of any used tires without rims to prevent water accumulation.