Mosquitoes with West Nile trapped in Skokie

West Nile-infected mosquitoes are getting closer to Evanston, according to the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District, as the pests have now been captured in nearby Skokie.

A batch of infected mosquitoes was found in the agency’s Skokie traps yesterday and confirmed by its lab today.

Previously this season, WNV-positive batches had been found in Glenview and Kenilworth, the agency said.

While the risk of humans being infected with the virus is low at this time of year, the agency recommends that residents take personal protection measures to minimize mosquito bites, including using insect repellent, wearing loose-fitting clothing, and avoiding peak mosquito feeding times during the hours around dawn and dusk.

Also residents are urged to examine their property and eliminate any items that can hold water, particularly smaller items that may be easily overlooked.

“Remember, if it can hold water,” the agency warns, “it can breed mosquitoes.”