The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District has found the first West Nile virus positive mosquitoes to occur in Lincolnwood traps this year. A batch of mosquitoes, collected on June 26, 2017, from a NSMAD trap in Lincolnwood, tested positive for West Nile virus on June 27. This year, WNV positive batches of mosquitoes have also been found in NSMAD traps located in Evanston, Glenview, Morton Grove, Niles and Skokie.
While the risk of being infected with West Nile virus 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. Remember, if it can hold water, it can breed mosquitoes.