A pool of mosquitos, collected from one of the NSMAD traps in Niles on July 9, 2014, tested positive for West Nile virus in their lab on July 10, 2014. This sample will be sent to the Illinois Natural History Survey for additional testing.
The NSMAD recommends that residents take personal protection measures to minimize mosquito bites including: the use of insect repellent on exposed skin, wearing light colored, loose fitting clothing and avoiding peak mosquito feeding times during the hours around dawn and dusk. Residents are urged to examine their property and eliminate any items that can hold water, particularly smaller items that may be easily overlooked. Remember, if it can hold water, it can breed mosquitoes.