Mosquito Safety

Mosquito populations increase in warm, humid conditions. A bite from a mosquito might be a nuisance, but it can lead to bigger concerns including West Nile Virus. 

West Nile virus is spread to humans by the bite of infected mosquitoes, primarily the Culex species commonly found in residential areas. The Culex species of mosquito is the most frequently found mosquito in the Arlington Heights area. A mosquito becomes infected by West Nile Virus when it bites a bird that carries the virus. West Nile virus is not spread from person-to-person or from birds to people under normal circumstances. It takes just a few infected mosquitoes to start an outbreak in a community and put you and your family at risk of becoming sick.

Arlington Heights' Current West Nile Virus Status
To find the Village of Arlington Heights' current Personal Protection Index level for current West Nile Virus status, visit the Northwest Municipal Abatement District's Website

Mosquito Abatement Efforts: Northwest Municipal Abatement District 
The Village of Arlington Heights is a member of the Northwest Mosquito Abatement District. Efforts to control the mosquito population include treating sitting water with larvicide, which kills mosquito larva before it becomes a biting adult. However, because mosquitoes can breed easily, adult mosquito populations are routinely tested for West Nile Virus. When this virus is detected at heightened levels, then adult spraying may be required to help minimize the risk of West Nile infecting humans. 

Fight the Bite! Protect Yourself from Mosquito Related Illness
You can help protect yourself and your family by following the below advice from

Patrol Your Property
Mosquito eggs can survive in dry areas for up to 8 months, waiting for water. Once activated with water, they can hatch and within several hours they can begin biting. If you have sitting water on your property (even small amounts), it's important to dump out those water sources whenever possible. 

Fight the Bite with EPA Registered Insect Repellents
Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the active ingredients below. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
  • DEET
  • Picaridin (known as KBR 3023 and icaridin outside the US. Use as directed. Apply to clothing - do not apply to skin.)
  • IR3535
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE)
  • Para-menthane-diol (PMD)
  • 2-undecanone

Find the right insect repellent for you by using EPA’s search tool.

Tips for babies and children

Adult applying insect repellent to a child’s face.
  • Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs.
  • Cover strollers and baby carriers with mosquito netting.
  • When using insect repellent on your child:
    • Always follow label instructions.
    • Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD) on children under 3 years old.
    • Do not apply insect repellent to a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, cuts, or irritated skin.
      • Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.

Tips for everyone

  • Always follow the product label instructions.
  • Reapply insect repellent as directed.
    • Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.
    • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second.

Natural insect repellents (repellents not registered with EPA)

  • We do not know the effectiveness of non-EPA registered insect repellents, including some natural repellents.
  • To protect yourself against diseases spread by mosquitoes, CDC and EPA recommend using an EPA-registered insect repellent.
  • Choosing an EPA-registered repellent ensures the EPA has evaluated the product for effectiveness.
  • Visit the EPA website to learn more.

Use Clothing To Protect Against Mosquitoes 

Treat clothing and gear with permethrin
  • Wear long sleeved shirts and pants that are light in color as mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors.
  • Use 0.5% permethrin to spray clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents) or buy permethrin-treated clothing and gear.
    • Permethrin is an insecticide that kills or repels mosquitoes.
    • Permethrin-treated clothing provides protection after multiple washings.
    • Read product information to find out how long the protection will last.
  • If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions.
  • Please note: do not use permethrin products directly on skin. Watch this video, What You Need to Know About Permethrin.

Take steps to control mosquitoes indoors and outdoors

  • Use screens on windows and doors. Repair holes in screens to keep mosquitoes outdoors.
  • Use air conditioning, if available.
  • Stop mosquitoes from laying eggs in or near water.
    • Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out items that hold water, such as tires,Use screens on windows and doors buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, or trash containers.
    • Check for water-holding containers both indoors and outdoors.