Vector Control Program
The Vector (Pest) Control program involves surveillance of mosquito pools, birds, and mammals for West Nile Virus and other mosquito related diseases, in addition to collection of specimens for testing through the USDA. The vector control program also includes community education and larvicide distribution.
Mosquitoes are active now and may spread disease. West Nile virus and LaCrosse encephalitis are diseases that may be spread by mosquitoes in Peoria County.
Eliminating Mosquito Bites
Stop mosquitoes by eliminating mosquito breeding sites:
- Empty the water from containers such as garbage can lids, buckets, abandoned swimming pools or anything else that can hold water.
- Remove tires, refrigerators and any other equipment that may hold water.
- Drain water from culverts and roadside ditches.
Protect yourself by:
- Staying indoors when mosquitoes are active.
- Installing screens on all windows and doors.
- Wearing long sleeves and pants while in a mosquito-infested area.
- Applying mosquito repellant, containing DEET, to your clothing. (Consult a physician about applying mosquito repellant to young children.)
West Nile Quiz
What do you know about West Nile Virus? Take the quiz.