The recent rains have caused water to collect in many areas, and this standing water has caused a mass emergence of mosquitoes. Beach Park is a lovely community bordered by Illinois State Beach Park and surrounded Forest Preserve lands. Unfortunately, these scenic, rural areas are not regularly treated for mosquitoes - so while the village does regularly spray, this may not be enough this year.

The Environmental Protection Agency suggests the following tips:

  • Help eliminate any standing water (even small amounts) to prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs. If water cannot be eliminated, such as in ornamental water features, use larvicides (available at many retailers) or other control measures to minimize opportunities for breeding. For example, you might be able to add fish that eat larvae to a pond or add a fountain or aerator to keep the water moving.
  • Use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes from entering your home, workplace, or children’s schools.
  • Use EPA-registered insect repellents to prevent getting bitten. Products that are EPA-registered have been confirmed to be safe and effective when you follow the directions.
  • Dress in light-colored clothing, long pants, and long sleeves.

For more information, visit the Environmental Protection Agency website.