Two additional mosquito samples have been collected in Will County. One was from a Will County Health Department trap in Joliet, and the other from a WCHD trap in Lockport.
In late August, the Will County Health Department collected a second mosquito sample from a WCHD operated trap in Plainfield that tested positive for West Nile Virus.
Earlier last month, in Will County, a trap operated in Romeoville turned up a positive sample, after being collected on August 13th. Meanwhile, the trap operated by the Will County Health Department in Plainfield had a previous sample collected on August 11th, which also came up positive.
WCHD operates 14 mosquito traps around Will County, designed for frequent testing of possible West Nile Virus activity in the area.
The Will County Health Department also operates a West Nile Virus Surveillance Hotline. If you spot a dead bird on your property, you are asked to call the Health Department’s Surveillance Hotline at 1-815-740-7631 to report it. You will be contacted to determine if the bird can be picked up for testing. The most common birds that carry WNV are robins, blue jays, and crows.
As warm weather continues, Will County residents are reminded to wear long pants, long sleeves, and shoes and socks during peak mosquito hours, which are from dusk to dawn. Insect repellent containing DEET is also recommended. In addition, residents are reminded to remove standing water around their homes which could contribute to mosquito breeding. Examples of standing water would include water in gutters, old tires, sandboxes, and children’s wading pools.