CRETE | Although mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus were found by Will County Health Department officials within the village, officials said Monday the discovery was a few weeks ago and that no further traces have turned up.
Village Trustee Daniel Taylor, who chairs the village board’s Public Health committee, said the mosquito carrying the virus was found last month in a trap set up by health officials.
Since then, Taylor said, there have been more tests but no further signs of mosquitoes with the virus.
As a precautionary measure, Crete officials have conducted sprays throughout neighborhoods to try to control the spread of the mosquitoes.
“People want it,” Taylor said of the sprays that have been conducted in recent weeks. Although he said village officials are putting the spraying process on hold for a few weeks because the situation seems to be under control for now.
“We’re going to take a pause (on spraying) for now,” Taylor said. “We’ll get around to spraying again soon.”
Insofar as the sprays are concerned, there have been a few complaints from people who happened to be outside when they were conducted in their home neighborhoods.
Village President Michael Einhorn said he finds it hard to understand how people were not aware the sprays were about to take place and they did not take cover indoors.
“You can hear the vehicle that does the spray from five to six blocks away,” Einhorn said. “If people would stay inside, it wouldn’t be an issue.”
Taylor expressed a similar view on the matter.
“I’d rather be at home behind a door when the spraying takes place rather than be going out for a walk,” he said.
Village officials posted a notice on the village website at villageofcrete.org last week informing residents of the county’s confirmation of the West Nile virus, which also advised local residents to wear insect-repellant containing DEET, and also to wear light-colored long pants and long-sleeved shirts to cover up exposed skin.
The village said that mosquitoes can develop in any standing water that is present for more than five days, and advised people to eliminate any standing water pools that develop on their property and also to cut their grass and shrubbery to eliminate potential hiding places for mosquitoes.
In other matters, the Village Board presented former village Trustee Robert Gaines with a plaque commemorating his service in municipal government.
Gaines served as a trustee from 1997 until earlier this year.