Last week the Chicagoland area saw an upwards of 3"-5" of heavy rainfall within a 36-hour time period. Heavy rains, like we saw last week, in conjunction with high temps this week, make up the perfect conditions for mosquito activity throughout the region; just in time for the nation's largest outdoor celebration, nonetheless!
As of June 19th, 2018, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health) have confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in Illinois for the year. (Patch Article - First Human Case of West Nile)
Vector born illnesses, like the ones transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas, have tripled in the United States from 2004-2016. With the upcoming holiday on the horizon, Beverly Companies wanted to take the time to issue an important reminder with tips on how to take precaution while outdoors. (CNN Article - U.S. Health Agencies Unprepared)
Reduce - Start by doing a thorough check of your windows and doors. Are your screens closing tightly? Are there any rips or tears? Repair or replace damaged screens and caulk or seal any cracks or openings in the framework. You may also try to keep your doors and windows shut to prevent unwanted pests from entering your home. In addition, try to eliminate all sources of standing water from your home and/or commercial business as this is where mosquitoes breed (i.e. bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires, any and all containers, etc.)
Repel - When outdoors, if possible, wear shoes, socks, long pants and/or a long sleeved shirts. Regardless if weather conditions do not allow for the added clothing protection, always wear insect repellent. Repellents that contain DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or IR-3535 are recommended but always consult a physician before using on infants!
Report - After all of this rain, if you see standing water throughout the area that has been there for a week or longer (i.e. ditches, flooded yards, etc.) be proactive and call your local health department or governing authority. These areas containing stagnant water are the perfect places for mosquito breeding grounds. Your local agencies should be able to effectively dispatch teams to apply the appropriate larvicides to the water to kill and ward off mosquito eggs.
Fight the bite with Beverly Companies! Together we can assist with reducing the spread of vector born illnesses by taking preventative action this summer, give us a call at 708-331-4911 and talk to us about our mosquito prevention services for your residence or commercial business.
As always, if we aren't already, we would love to partner with you year round to provide you with our premier, outdoor property maintenance services. Beverly Companies is excited to begin working with you on your upcoming Snow & Ice Management RFP's; in addition, we would love to hear about any future Landscape Design and/or Parking Lot Repair projects you may have budgeted for this season or next!