Elmhurst continuing efforts to combat nuisance mosquitoes
Elmhurst officials said Thursday that the city will continue mosquito control efforts to combat the high level of nuisance mosquitoes resulting from last month's rains.
The city has contracted with St. Charles-based Clarke to conduct its mosquito control operations, which includes surveillance and mapping of mosquito breeding sites, treating storm drains with larvicides to prevent mosquito eggs from developing, and adulticiding, which involves dispersing an ultra-low volume product that interacts with mosquitoes on the wing to reduce adult populations.
“The heavy June rainfall gave Elmhurst its wettest June on record,” Clarke Entomologist Emily Glasberg,
said. “This means that floodwater mosquito eggs had the standing water they needed to mature.”
"All insecticides used in the U.S. for public health use have been approved and registered by the EPA following the review of many scientific studies," Glasberg said. "The EPA has assessed these chemicals and found that, when used according to label directions, they do not pose unreasonable risk to public health and the environment. While floodwater mosquitoes are aggressive biters, the one bit of good news is they tend to be poor transmitters of West Nile Virus."