DuPage County May Start Killing Mosquitoes In Forest Preserves

March 9, 2017

CBS Chicago

A change in policy for dealing with mosquitoes in the DuPage County Forest Preserves could make recreation in the woods this year a little more comfortable.

WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya reports.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County barely sprayed to kill adult mosquitoes in the woods in the past.  Officials thought the action was too much of a threat and could kill other wildlife, including other insects such as butterflies. However, with West Nile Virus being a possibility, the forest preserve plans to spray adulticides in certain situations.

“We’re talking about public health. We’re talking about grandma or grandpa who might want to take a walk out in the neighborhood near the forest preserve, they could be reassured that it’s going to be a little safer for them,” said DuPage County Board chairman Dan Cronin.

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