Over 200 mosquito pools throughout suburban Cook County have tested positive for West Nile virus. On Wednesday, county health officials confirmed an Oak Lawn man in his 50s as the first human case of West Nile virus in 2013.
Oak Lawn village officials were notified that five fogging trucks will blanket the village beginning at dusk. The county will be spraying a synthetic pyrethroid called Aqua Reslin, for adult mosquito control. The chemical is licensed in Illinois for mosquito control and is applied with the use of an ultra-low volume (ULV) sprayer, according to the SCCMAD website.
The insecticide is said to not be harmful to humans or pets, however, individuals with sensitivities may want to avoid any direct contact with the spray. There is no need to close windows or doors as the actual chemicals do not travel far from the truck, Oak Lawn village officials said.
No evening fogging will take place during this weekend's Fall On the Green Fest.
Village Manager Larry Deetjen said that an Everbridge emergency alert would be sent out prior to tonight's fogging.