Crews from the Cook County Mosquito Abatement District will be spraying the entire village and cemeteries beginning at 7 p.m.
The spray is a precationary effort to reduce the spread of West Nile Virus as an increasing number of mosquitos in suburban Cook County are testing positive for the virus, according to the village.
Last week a man from Oak Lawn was diagnosed as the first official human case of West Nile Virus in suburban Cook County.
The village says the spray is not toxic to humans or pets, but individuals with breathing difficulties may want to stay indoors during the evening.
To reduce chances of exposure to West Nile Virus, the Cook County Department of Public Health also recommends taking the following steps:
- Remove standing water around your home in pet bowls, flower pots, old tires, baby pools and toys. Water that is allowed to stagnate for three or four days becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- Fit doors and windows with tight screens and repair any tears or other openings.
- Keep weeds and grass cut short and keep gutters clean and free of debris.
- Repel misquotes when outdoors between dusk and dawn, cover skin with lightly colored lose fitting clothing and use mosquito repellent with DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Always follow the directions on the label.