Increase in Risk of West Nile Virus: Help Fight the Bite


Mosquito Spraying 

As part of their Adult Mosquito Control program, the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District (NSMAD) conducted a targeted mosquito spraying for the area just south of Glencoe (generally south of Tower Road) on Thursday, August 9. Learn more about this spraying and others conducted in our area this year here.

Stay tuned to the Village's website and social media pages for details of future sprayings. For notices of sprayings delivered via text or e-mail, please register for Glencoe CONNECT. Questions about the mosquito control program? Contact the NSMAD at (847) 446-9434

Risk of West Nile Virus Increases

On August 9, the NSMAD issued a notification that the risk of becoming infected with West Nile virus (WNV) is the highest its been since the outbreak in 2012. West Nile virus is transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected Culex pipiens mosquito. Most people infected with the virus show no symptoms. Mild cases may cause a slight fever or headache. More severe infections are marked by a rapid onset of a high fever with head and body aches, disorientation, tremors, convulsions and, in the most severe cases, paralysis or death. Symptoms typically occur within three to 14 days after the bite from an infected mosquito. Persons 50 years of age or older are at the highest risk for serious illness.

The NSMAD recommends that residents take personal protection measures to minimize mosquito bites including: using insect repellent, wearing loose fitting clothing and avoiding peak mosquito feeding times during the hours around dawn and dusk (more tips below). Residents are urged to examine their property and eliminate any items that can hold water, particularly smaller items that may be easily overlooked. If it can hold water, it can breed mosquitoes.

In addition to Glencoe, other surrounding areas with West Nile virus positive test results this year include: Evanston, Glenview, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield and Skokie.   

Mosquito Control Tips

Please take personal protection measures to minimize mosquito bites – some tips for doing so are listed below. Report standing water and excessive mosquito populations/biting activity to the NSMAD here: http://www.nsmad.com/fight-the-bite/

  • Use insect repellent
  • Wear loose fitting, light colored clothing – light colored clothing is found to be less attractive to some species
  • Avoiding being outside during peak mosquito feeding times (around dawn and dusk)
  • Examine your property for anything that can hold water – if it can hold water, it can breed mosquitoes. Common items/areas include:
- Unused pots, buckets, children’s toys
- Swimming pools
- Birdbaths
- Rain barrels – be sure to tightly cover your barrels
- Standing water on lawns in low spots, ditches or gutters (the water shouldn’t stand for more than a week)