Residents who wish to be notified of spraying can sign up for Nixle, an electronic news service that sends instant updates to registered users. Nixle sends alerts to users' e-mail addresses, phones or web accounts. The service is free for the village and its users, and can be accessed through the village's website.
Currently, alerts are sent out by the village's administrative office, Lemont Public Works and the Lemont Police Department. All alerts copy directly to the village's Twitter account (@VillageofLemont).
Residents can register for Nixle messages at http://local.nixle.com/village-of-lemont.
More on mosquito spraying
Mosquito spraying will continue through Labor Day. Tablets have already been applied to storm drains that hold water, as well as areas that would be suitable for mosquitoes to hatch.
Sprays will only occur at dusk when mosquitoes are active, and will take about four hours to complete. Since sprays are sensitive to wind, they will only occur on calm evenings with no rain.
Because there are carryover effects from the department's travel pattern, not every street in the village is sprayed, according to Public Works Director Ralph Pukula.
Homeowner tips that bear repeating, courtesy of Lemont Public Works
- Eliminate standing water around the home
- Change water in bird baths every two to three days
- Repair outdoor faucets and sprinklers
- Keep roof gutters clean
- Don’t impede any water flow that might be on your property
- Drain plastic wading pools daily
- Keep lighting to a minimum near entry doors to the home
- Wear mosquito repellent