Although we are well into September, the Will County Health Department reminds everyone that precaution is still needed when it comes to mosquitoes. The WCHD Environmental Division reports that the eighth and ninth mosquito samples this season have now tested positive for West Nile Virus activity. These samples were taken from a trap located in Crete (collected on September 13th) and a trap near Sunny Hill Nursing Home in Joliet (collected September 16th). The other positive-WNV samples were taken from traps located in Lockport, Plainfield, Monee, Manhattan, in Joliet near the Will County Community Health Center, and an earlier one from the trap near the Sunny Hill Nursing Home. WCHD operates 14 mosquito traps around Will County.
Will County residents are reminded that West Nile Virus is passed from infected birds to humans through the bite of a Culex mosquito. During the peak mosquito hours of dusk to dawn, the wearing of long sleeves, long pants, and shoes and socks is recommended. Insect repellent containing DEET is recommended as well. Light colored clothes are best, as mosquitoes are attracted to dark habitats.