type of hematophagous arthropod, have long been a source of irritation to man
and beast. Additionally, they have been
shown to be a significant vector of arborviral diseases, including West Nile
virus (WNV), encephalitis (St. Louis & equine) and dengue fever among them.
Zika virus may soon be on the horizon in our area.
In order to
help with the comfort and safety of our citizens, we provide a comprehensive
program of testing and treatment. treatment consists of two abatement aspects; larval and adult.
since the advent in our area of WNV in 2004, much of our program deals with
larvicidal treatment of catch basins and other water-based breeding sources
(retention/detention ponds, reported standing water and so on). This portion of the treatment programs is
particularly important in reducing the impact of culex pipens (Northern house
mosquito), the primary vector of WNV.
Spraying – this
portion of the treatment program involves district-wide and specific coordinated
adulticide applications to reduce annoyance levels as well as to reduce the
predicted spikes in WNV activity. We use
the latest available environmentally friendly adulticide chemicals and
treatment timing is based on mosquito brood predictions to be timed for greatest effect.
Our contractor for abatement is Clarke Environmental. You may receive notifications from Clarke, report
mosquito annoyance levels, or report standing water through Clarke’s new hotline
portal, https://www.clarkeportal.com/hotline . Formerly a telephone robo-style service,
the new ‘hotline’ will send you notification by email or text.
In April of 2019, Milton Township accepted consolidation of the Glen Ellyn Mosquito Abatement
District into the Township. This was instituted to garner cost savings and allow
for a more comprehensive, coordinated program to serve all residents.