ALBANY PARK — The Chicago Department of Public Health plans to spray for mosquitoes in parts of Albany Park, Avondale and Irving Park on Thursday as part of its ongoing efforts to control the spread of West Nile Virus.
Based on the results of tests conducted on mosquitoes caught in the department's traps that showed the virus was present, crews will spray an area bounded by Lawrence Avenue to the north, Belmont Avenue to the south, Kedzie Avenue to the east and Kostner Avenue to the west. (View map here.)
The affected area includes portions of wards 30, 31, 33, 35, 38, 39 and 45.
Spraying typically begins at dusk, weather permitting, and continues until approximately 1 a.m.
The chemical used to kill the disease-carrying mosquitoes — Zenivex — has been approved for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and will be applied at a rate of 1.5 fluid ounces per acre.
The product is not considered harmful to humans or pets, but residents may take the extra precaution of remaining indoors and/or closing windows to their homes while the spraying takes place.
West Nile Virus can not be transmitted person to person — individuals become infected solely through contact with mosquitoes.
The Chicago Department of Public Health recommends a number of actions people can take to guard against West Nile: Use insect repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin or lemon eucalyptus oil; eliminate standing water from flower pots, birdbaths, pet water dishes, etc.; trim grass and weeds, which can serve as hiding places for infected mosquitoes.