South Cook County Mosquito Abatement District
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ditches often hold water and are ideal mosquito breeding sites.

Douglas Wright

Douglas Wright, General Manager


15500 DIXIE HIGHWAY, (P.O. BOX 1030), HARVEY, ILLINOIS 60426-7030

 PHONE: 708-333-4120                                            FAX: 708-333-0306
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BOARD OF TRUSTEES                                                   GENERAL MANAGER
CHARLES GIVINES, Harvey                                                   Douglas Wright
NICK MALONI, Chicago Heights


Message from the Manager’s Desk

         The 2017 spring mosquito season was very wet with cool temperatures. Wet conditions continued through eraly summer with average to slightly above average temperatures. Mosquito activity was low to average during this time. In the second week of August, nearly forty-four percent (44%) of all mosquito pools tested in suburban Cook County were positive. This prompted a West Nile Virus alert to be issued for the SCCMAD area. Fortunately, no major West Nile Virus outbreak occurred in 2017. A total of (271) mosquitos pools were tested by the South Cook County Mosquito Abatement District this year, (45) were positive from (19) different locations. As of mid-January, (89) human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Illinois, (52) in Cook County and (5) in SCCMAD..

         The South Cook County Mosquito Abatement District continued a high level of surveillance for the presence of mosquito-borne diseases, and maintained a close liaison with the Illinois and Cook County Departments of Public Health, and local Public Works and Health agencies in an effort to prevent these diseases.

         We are consistently stressing the importance of having a good to excellent survey and surveillance on all mosquitoes in our District and using larviciding as our primary control method to accomplish our goal.


         It is important that residents and businesses eliminate stagnant water on their properties. To avoid mosquito bites and prevent West Nile Virus disease, these precautions are recommended:

  • Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.
  • When outdoors at this time, use mosquito repellent.
  • Change water in bird baths and wading pools daily.
  • Eliminate water in flowerpots, children toys, old tires and any other receptacles.
  • Clear gutters and down spouts so water does not sit in them.
  • Report catch basin or standing water on you property to SCCMAD.
  • Un-maintained swimming pools may produce thousands of mosquitoes. Report these instances to your City Hall or SCCMAD.

Douglas Wright, General Manager
South Cook County Mosquito Abatement District

Main Office:15500 Dixie Highway
Harvey, Il. 60426
Office phone: 708-333-4120
Office fax: 708-333-0306

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