Mosquito Abatement District Spraying In Oak Lawn Thursday Evening

The Cook County Mosquito Abatement District will be spraying in Oak Lawn from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Cook County Mosquito Abatement District will be spraying north of 103rd Street in Oak Lawn on Thursday (Aug. 16) from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., Oak Lawn Village Manager Larry Deetjen said.

Last night (Wednesday), the village was sprayed for mosquitoes south of 103rd Street.

You may want to close your windows, turn off your air-conditioner (or set it on interior air circulation) and cover your ornamental fish ponds. It's also a good idea to put children's toys into the garage while the spraying is taking place, or blasting them with the hose tomorrow morning before the kids play with them.

The amount of insecticide is small compared to the area treated, minimizing the exposre and risks to people and the environment. The mount of USEPA-approved insecticide is small compared to the area treated, usually about 3 to 5 ounces per acre.

Persons with health concerns may want to stay inside this evening.  

The unusually hot and dry summer weather has caused an uptick in reported cases of the West Nile Virus, which can cause flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, headache, vomitting, diarrhea or rash.

Less than 1 percent of those infected will develop a serious neurological illiness that could possibly lead to death.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed 11 human cases of West Nile around the state. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show 693 human cases nationwide, including 26 deaths, the Chicago Tribune reported.

More information about mosquito spraying and fogging, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

Lynn August 15, 2012 at 11:13 PM
What about the rest of O.L.?????
stephanie parker August 15, 2012 at 11:23 PM
why arent you going to spray oaklawn i dont get it you say u are but the map shows that your not going anywhere near oaklawn i dont get it
MP August 16, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Just ruined our night...had to bring the kids & dog inside at 7:45 when they came by. Personally, I'd rather take my chances with the mosquitoes!
Danne August 16, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Don't believe what you read. The village and or the mosquito abatement district is not giving us a heads up before they spray! Ask the families at the park enjoying a nice evening, when the truck came by leaving a white cloud over them all. Not to mention the husband an wife walking their dog on the sidewalk when the truck left them gasping for air. The "Mosquito abatement district" has been spraying and nobody was informed ahead of time in order to take these precautions. Why is it that local public schools are required by law to notify parents when there is use of pesticides or insecticides, by a local village does NOT inform their residences? FACT: No information listed on the "Village of Oak Lawn's" website about "Mosquito Abatement District Spraying! (Outside of today's article) A little to late for some residence!!!!
Concerned August 17, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Ok, so what about the people who don't have a computer to find this out. How about sending out a mass phone message out to the village, we all know people check their phones. Why didn't the truck use their horn or stop the spray when it came about the people at the park or walking on the sidewalk?? Just how toxic are the fumes?? I don't think the Village thought this one out fully!
monkey August 17, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Very few people have home phone lines but they should have mailed out a notice.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) August 17, 2012 at 04:08 AM
On Wednesday, Aug. 15, Trustee Tom Phelan sent out an email blast informing residents living south of 103rd Street that the mosquito abatement truck would be spraying. I sent an email to Village Manager Larry Deetjen asking him when the rest of Oak Lawn would be sprayed. He responded Thursday (Aug. 16) north of Oak Lawn. I agree with you that the village could make better use of its emergency notification system to send out bulletins on mosquito spraying and the like. I've heard a lot of complaints about the Everbridge system from readers and I have my own issues with it as well. I, too, have been waiting for the truck tonight. As for the toxicity, 3-5 ounces of DEET is used per acre. It is USEPA approved but those with health concerns are advised to close their windows and stay out of the fog.
scouter August 17, 2012 at 04:49 AM
I am north of 103rd - never saw them or heard them...
Concerned August 17, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Closed the house up, turned the upstairs window unit off...never heard or saw them either. I'm opening the house back up, nice cool evening with free cool air~boy do I hope they don't spray while we are asleep!! :(
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) August 17, 2012 at 05:07 AM
Nope. The appointed spraying hours are 7:30-11:30 p.m.
Concerned August 17, 2012 at 05:10 AM
I have a wide circle of friends and 9.5 out of 10 all still have home phone lines in addition to their cell phones. Mail can get lost, but when you see Village of Oak Lawn on your caller I-D, or see that name on your message list, people will respond!
OJ August 17, 2012 at 04:55 PM
MP perhaps your opinion would change if you have a loved one directly affected by West Nile. I am very happy the village sprayed. This is a terrible illness that cannot be ignored.
T August 20, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Take your chances. My 8 year old neighbor is in a coma right now thanks to west Nile.
scouter August 20, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I am concerned about when and where. I have allergy and lung problems and I am allergic to pesticides. I do not wish to be caught unawares and find myself in the hospital hooked to tubes and machines... I would like to be notified when they are spraying, so I can take all the precautions I can to not end up in the ER or ICU again.
Concerned August 20, 2012 at 05:12 PM
As far as I am concerned, they never sprayed between the appointed hours..we live by Sward and was up till midnite outside...no trucks came by..did they even spray?? The Village should really have a better system for letting residents know exact dates/times for this so everyone can plan accordingly for health issues/events...anything that might be affected by the pesticidal spray. The Village should be more concerned with this issue. Maybe the Mayor should read all these comments and take a stand and voice an opinion. Before they spray, or don't spray!!


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