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South Cook County Mosquito Abatement District

Welcome to the South Cook County Mosquito Abatement District web page.  Here you can learn about who we are, what we do, what you can do, and other helpful information about mosquitoes, their control, and disease spread by them.
There are two kinds of mosquito control: large, organized programs to reduce mosquito populations over a wide area, and actions individuals can take to control mosquitoes with respect to themselves and their own property.

Mosquito control is the task of managing the population of mosquitoes to reduce their damage to human health, economies, and enjoyment of mosquito-ridden areas. Mosquito control is a vital public-health practice because mosquitoes spread many diseases, such as West Nile.  Organized mosquito control programs today draw on the principles of integrated pest management. An integrated mosquito control program typically includes the following measures, all guided by surveillance of mosquito populations and knowledge of the mosquito life cycle:

  • source reduction - the removal of mosquito breeding habitats
  • habitat modification - manipulating habitats to reduce breeding
  • biocontrol - introducing natural predators of mosquitoes
  • larvicide - using pesticides to reduce larval populations
  • adulticide - using pesticides to reduce adult populations

Mosquito control operations are targeted against two different mosquito groups, nuisance and vector mosquitoes.  Nuisance mosquitoes bother people around homes or in parks and recreational areas.  These mosquitoes often occur in large numbers and can seriously affect outdoor activities.  Public health is the focus when mosquitoes are vectors, or transmitters, of infectious disease agents. These mosquitoes can seriously affect individual lives.

   
Main Office:15500 Dixie Highway
Harvey, Il. 60426

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