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The Village of Riverside works with the Cook County Department of Public Health and the Des Plaines Valley Mosquito Abatement District to monitor mosquito populations.
Tips for Keeping Mosquitoes Under Control
Get rid of old tires, tin cans, buckets, bottles, or any water holding containers.
Fill in or drain low places in the yard.
Keep drains, ditches, and culverts free of weeds and trash so water will drain properly.
Keep roof gutters free of leaves and other debris.
Cover trash containers to keep out rainwater. Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets.
Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store indoors when not in use.
Unused swimming pools should be drained and kept dry during the mosquito season.
Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water.
Change the water in birdbaths and plant pots or drip trays at least once each week.
Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed. Make sure ornamental ponds have fish that eat mosquito larvae. Repair window screens.
When outdoors, use personal protection to prevent bites (insect repellent and appropriate clothing).
Use repellents containing 25-35 percent DEET. Always follow label directions.
Talk to your doctor before applying repellent to infants or children.
Protect babies and small children by using mosquito netting over strollers.