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NSMAD Weekly Report
July 8, 2020
Please click here to read the NSMAD Weekly Report for week 27, June 27 – July 3, 2020.
First West Nile Positive
June 24, 2020
West Nile Virus Positive Mosquitoes Found in Glencoe
The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District has found the first West Nile virus positive mosquitoes to occur in our traps in Glencoe this year.
One batch of mosquitoes, collected on June 19, 2020, from an NSMAD trap in Glencoe, tested positive for West Nile virus in our lab on June 23, 2020.
This year, WNV positive batches of mosquitoes have also been found in NSMAD traps in Evanston and Lincolnwood. Please click here 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.
April 30, 2020
NSMAD Operations and COVID-19
The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District (NSMAD) is an essential public health agency committed to serving our communities by reducing the risk of West Nile virus and other potential mosquito-borne illnesses. To ensure that our staff and the public are protected while we continue to meet our mission during the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask for the public’s cooperation when interacting with our staff.
Larval Control Operations
- Regular site inspections and larval control treatments on public and private property have begun and will continue.
- The NSMAD will continue to respond to service requests, biting mosquito complaints, as well as, abandoned pools, backyard basins, and other potential sources of mosquito breeding.
- If you have previously made a service request regarding catch basins on your property, it is entered in our operations software system and will be addressed automatically again this year when our catch basin treatments begin around mid-May.
How The Public Can Help
- When making a service request, we are asking the public to help minimize direct contact with NSMAD staff as they perform their duties.
- If you have contacted us regarding a mosquito-related issue, please allow NSMAD staff unhindered access to the potential mosquito source to conduct inspections and any necessary mosquito control treatment.
- Tip and toss anything that can hold water that mosquitoes could breed in. A bit of work around your yard now can prevent mosquitoes from breeding on your property for years to come, and this lowers everyone’s risk.
What to Expect From Us
- Our staff wear identifiable uniforms that have been issued by the NSMAD and are required to have their NSMAD issued photo ID badge visible when responding to a service request.
- NSMAD staff has been instructed to wear a suitable face covering when directly interacting with a member of the public.
- When working in the field, NSMAD Field Technicians are required to wear a suitable face covering (cloth mask, medical mask, N95 respirator, etc.) in accordance with state and local rules regarding such use.
- NSMAD Vehicles are stocked with hand sanitizer and additional disinfecting materials and our staff has been instructed to use them before and after making contact with a requestor or as needed.
If you have questions or concerns, please call (847.446.9434) or email (email@example.com) us.
April 29, 2020
Interested in reading our 2019 Annual Report?
Click the link below to access the PDF file.
July 15, 2019
If you’ve ever wondered about the science behind mosquito control, here is an article from Wing Beats, Summer 2019, with a look at one of the many studies the NSMAD has done on larval mosquito control in storm water catch basins.