Freeport, IL - The
Freeport Mosquito Abatement District reports today a substantial increase
of the mosquito population in the district. The district relies on mosquito
counts from four locations within the City of Freeport. The levels have
quadrupled on Tuesday July 11 since last Thursday July 7. This level
is the highest recorded over the last 15 years. As a result a district
wide treatment was conducted Tuesday night July 11th between the hours
of 10 pm and 2am. This treatment reduced the mosquito population but
unfortunately not below an acceptable nuisance level. Another district
wide treatment was conducted July 18th between 10pm and 2 am. So far
this season, there have also been two larvicide treatments in May and
June and one district wide truck treatment this past Tuesday. We realize
the amount of mosquitos is difficult to experience but we ask for your
patience as we work through the process of abating the mosquitos.
We strongly recommend using the mosquito hotline number to register
high levels of mosquitos, any standing water near you and if you would
like to be added to the list of people to notify of when truck spraying
occurs. 1 800 942 2555. Please keep in mind there has been a very high
volume of calls. Citizens may also contact by email to
Call the Mosquito Control Hotline
To be notified prior to a Mosquito Control application.
To report possible mosquito breeding areas, such as standing water or
stagnant water or unkempt swimming pools.
To report any mosquito annoyances in your area.
For further information regarding the Clarke Mosquito Control Program
and what products are being utilized.
Freeport Mosquito Abatement District
Boundary Map (PDF
Map of District)
The Freeport District has a contractual mosquito control arrangement
with Clarke, a global environment products and services company.
To watch an overview of
Clarke’s Integrated Mosquito Control Program:
Clarke’s Municipal Responsibility
To protect public health and comfort.
To prevent new breeding sites so residents can use and enjoy their
backyards and other municipal recreational facilities.
To abate existing mosquito breeding sources.
Breeding sources we control are created by standing water, which may
be found in street catch-basins, subdivision drains, roadside ditches,
flood channels, ravines and other public rights-of-way. Routine larviciding
done as necessary throughout the season, will keep these areas mosquito
free. It is our responsibility to work with whatever local, state, or
federal agencies may be involved to keep these areas abated.
Property Owner Responsibility
Your responsibility as a property owner.
To clear your property of any potential breeding sites.
To prevent any problem areas from reoccurring.
Mosquitoes are an all too familiar summer nuisance. They are not only
annoying, but they can be transmitters of West Nile Virus, St. Louis
encephalitis, malria and yellow fever to humans, and heartworms to pets.
Yard & Home Checklist
Get rid of old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles or any water
Fill in or drain any low places (pebbles, ruts) in the yard.
Clean gutters periodically.
Keep drains, ditches, and culverts clean of weeds and trash so water
can drain properly.
Cover trash containers to keep out rain water.
Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets.
Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store them indoors
when not in use.
Make sure your backyard pool is properly cared for while on vacation.
Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water with sand
Change the water in bird baths and plant pots or drip trays at least
one a week.
Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed around the house so
adult mosquitoes will not hide there.
Important Links Regarding the West Nile
For general information about mosquitoes and what you can do, visit
Department of Public Health Website.
For more information regarding the West Nile Virus:
West Nile Virus Information
West Nile Virus Factsheet
Department of Public Health
The 2017 Freeport Mosquito Abatement District Board meetings will be
held monthly at 4:00 PM in the Library/Conference Room at the Stephenson
County Health Department, 10 W. Linden Street, Freeport, IL 61032, on
the following dates:
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
FMAD Board Members
Craig Beintema – President & Public Health Administrator