Tips To Deal With Pesky Mosquitoes

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Mosquitoe-Borne Illnesses

McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) was inundated with phone calls from the public on recovery efforts and health concerns. A direct consequence has also been the recent increase in floodwater mosquitoes.


Floodwater mosquitoes can be aggressive biters and a nuisance to our outdoor activities; however, they are not significant carriers for disease in Illinois. Floodwater mosquitoes are harder to control as they can fly up to 10 miles per day.

The Culex mosquito, which can be a carrier of West Nile virus, are container breeders which are
common around your home. They will breed in stagnant ditches, old tires, clogged gutters, flower pots, bird baths, old tin cans and other artificial containers that hold water.

The best defense against mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illness is to eliminate the places where they breed. MCDH encourage