Highland Park Mosquito Tests Positive for West Nile

The testing of the mosquitoes in a trap located on the east side of Highland Park revealed a positive mosquito sample for West Nile Virus, according to a town news release.

The Parks Department will conduct ground spraying measures on the east side of town from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday east of Preston Road of the town limits to reduce the density of adult mosquito populations.

Ground spraying measures will include the public rights-of-way and the town’s tennis courts.

In the event of rain or wind speeds in excess of 10 mph., the spraying will be rescheduled.

Lt. Lance Koppa, HP community relations PIO, stressed that Highland Park residents should remain inside and protect pets during the time the sprayers are in your area.

Any pet water dishes left outside should be cleaned after spraying. Individuals are encouraged to survey their yard for any areas with standing water. Drain collected water from areas such as flower pot basins, and replace the water in bird baths.

Shrubbery and landscaping near the foundation is also a popular area for mosquitoes during the daytime hours due to the cool, moist environment.

Mosquitoes are known to be most active in the dawn and dusk periods of the day. Dress in long sleeves and pants to prevent mosquito bites. The use of insect repellant is recommended, and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Commercial products for yard applications are available at local home improvement stores.

Mosquito dunks are available at no cost at Town Hall.

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