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Mosquito traps in two area parks initially tested positive for West Nile Virus


Seager and Pioneer Parks to be retested the week of July 9

Recent initial tests of mosquito traps at Seager Park, 1163 Plank Rd., and Pioneer Park, 1212 S. Washington St.,  have returned one instance of West Nile Virus at each location as reported by the City of Naperville.

Positive, reportable results are defined as two instances in one location. However, the Naperville Park District feels that it is necessary to inform people of these findings so that they can take the necessary precautions.

City crews subsequently sprayed the areas and the surrounding catch basins will be retreated. Traps will be retested the week of July 9.

There are some common sense, preventative measures that park patrons can take to protect themselves from mosquito bites according to the Centers for Disease Control website:

Apply insect repellent to exposed skin. Generally, the more active ingredient a repellent contains the longer it can protect you from mosquito bites. A higher percentage of active ingredient in a repellent does not mean that your protection is better-just that it will last longer. Click here for more on insect repellent active ingredients.

Choose a repellent that provides protection for the amount of time that you will be outdoors. Spray clothing with repellents containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent since mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing. Do not apply repellents containing permethrin directly to exposed skin. Do not apply repellent to skin under your clothing. When weather permits, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever you are outdoors. Place mosquito netting over infant carriers when you are outdoors with infants. Consider staying indoors at dawn, dusk, and in the early evening, which are peak mosquito biting times.

Note: Vitamin B and “ultrasonic” devices are NOT effective in preventing mosquito bites.

The City of Naperville monitors the incidence of West Nile virus in Naperville and will issue a press release when there have been two positive test results in a particular location. More information about the City’s mosquito control program is available at http://www.naperville.il.us/mosquitocontrol.aspx.

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Naperville Park District
Naperville Park Districthttp://www.napervilleparks.org/
Created in 1966, the Naperville Park District is an independent, municipal agency serving the recreation needs of its residents. An Illinois Distinguished Agency since 1994, the District is one of only 1% of park districts across the country to be nationally accredited through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The Naperville Park District’s mission is to provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community. The District maintains and operates more than 2,400 acres with 137 parks and provides more than 1,500 recreational, arts and environmental programs and special events annually. Included within the District’s operations are two championship golf courses, a multitude of playgrounds, trails, athletic courts and sports fields, Fort Hill Activity Center, Knoch Knolls Nature Center, two inline skating and skateboarding facilities, the Millennium Carillon, a paddle boat quarry, historic Centennial Beach, and the beautiful Riverwalk.