Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Other Nuisances
Environmental Health: 309-679-6161
The Vector (Pest) Control program involves surveillance of mosquito pools, birds, and mammals for West Nile Virus and other mosquito related diseases, in addition to collection of specimens for testing through the USDA. The vector control program also includes community education and larvicide distribution.
Mosquitoes are active now and may spread disease. West Nile virus and LaCrosse encephalitis are diseases that may be spread by mosquitoes in Peoria County.
Stop mosquitoes by eliminating mosquito breeding sites:
- Empty the water from containers such as garbage can lids, buckets, abandoned swimming pools or anything else that can hold water.
- Remove tires, refrigerators and any other equipment that may hold water.
- Drain water from culverts and roadside ditches.
Protect yourself by:
- Staying indoors when mosquitoes are active.
- Installing screens on all windows and doors.
- Wearing long sleeves and pants while in a mosquito-infested area.
- Applying mosquito repellant, containing DEET, to your clothing. (Consult a physician about applying mosquito repellant to young children.)
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Ticks and Lyme Disease:
Links to Information
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
- Common Ticks
- Lyme Disease Fact Sheet
- Identification Key to Some Common Ticks of Illinois
- Distribution of Deer Tick
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Other Useful Links
- NIAID Lyme Disease Home Page National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID)
- Tick Images Iowa State University Entomology Image Gallery
If you have a tick you want to have identified, call 309-679-6161 for available resources.