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BACKGROUNDSpring 2019 has brought heavy rainfall to the Midwest. According to the U.S. National Weather Service, the Chicagoland area has experienced record amounts of rainfall for the month of May, with 8.24” of rain falling at O’Hare Airport this month.
As a result of this heavy precipitation, there are many sources of standing water around our communities, which are prime mosquito breeding sources. And as temperatures continue to rise, we expect multiple broods of floodwater mosquito species (Aedes vexans) to begin hatching in the coming weeks. These broods will hatch from eggs that have overwintered.
SURVEILLANCE ACTIVITYClarke maintains a network of nearly 250 mosquito traps across Illinois for monitoring mosquito populations and potential virus activity. Surveillance data is used by Clarke’s service operations and our customers to determine the need for and best timing of adult mosquito control measures (ULV spraying).
Clarke’s surveillance network is being closely monitored for population spikes associated with the predicted brood hatch. Clarke’s predictive modeling software is also indicating a population spike of floodwater mosquitoes will be reaching Chicagoland during the first two weeks of June.
FIGHT THE BITEAs Clarke and the communities we serve across Illinois prepare for an intense start to mosquito season, the single-most important thing that residents can do is eliminate all possible sources of standing water around their properties. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water, which develop into mosquito larvae and emerge as adults over a period of several days. By following these best practices at least every three days, together we can Fight the Bite:
In line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, residents are also encouraged to limit their potential exposure to mosquitoes by:
RESIDENT HOTLINEResidents are also encouraged to report standing water sources and nuisance mosquito populations directly to Clarke, through our Resident Hotline. This information is used by Clarke and our customers to identify and prioritize treatment areas in the communities we serve. The Clarke Resident Hotline may be accessed online at https://www.clarkeportal.com/hotline, or by phone: 1-800-942-2555.