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Mosquito Abatement Information for Residents

The Village has contracted with Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management for several years now and will be using their services again this year. There is a lot of preparation, surveillance mapping of the entire town including all the wetlands, and then carrying out the actual steps needed to keep the mosquito population down.
They watch the weather forecasts for rain events, looking at frequencies and total accumulations, also noting temperature increases, which are just what the mosquito eggs are waiting for to hatch and become a nuisance. Clarke along with DuPage County has a mosquito trap in town to get a count on the types of mosquito. Some mosquitoes are just nuisances, others may carry diseases, such as West Nile.

In early summer you may see Clarke out on bikes going to every open sewer and dropping a mosquito larvicide that attacks the larvae before they can turn into a biting mosquito. This treatment last for up to 180 days. Three times throughout the summer months they perform a helicopter treatment of the floodwater and wetland areas as well. When trap counts get high and they are receiving calls on the mosquito hotline Clarke will set up a village wide treatment which you have seen at night when they drive down your street. There are usually 6 village wide sprayings per season. The past two years we have had Clark perform a 7th spray due to trap counts and local West Nile virus activity has been detected.

This year, you may have also heard about the Zika virus. Zika is a virus transmitted by the bite of the mosquito to humans and from human to human. Only 1 in 5 people infected with Zika will show symptoms such as fever, rash and joint pain. Zika has been linked to Microcephaly in babies who contracted the virus through their mothers while pregnant. The CDC is also investigating a correlation of Zika with Guillain-Barre' syndrome, an uncommon sickness of the nervous system. Humans are considered a reservoir and can transmit Zika. With nearly all other mosquito born viruses humans are 'dead end' hosts, and do not transmit the virus. This is not the case with Zika.

If infected with Zika, people can transmit this virus in four ways:

Sexual transmission from a man to a woman
Blood transfusion
In utero from an infected mother to fetus
Biting female mosquitos

To date, the human cases you have heard about in the U.S. have all been imported travel cases, i.e. the individual had traveled to South America, was bitten there and became symptomatic once returning to the states. Zika to the best of our knowledge is not carried by mosquitos native to our area of northern Illinois. Clarke, as they monitor their mosquito traps, will be checking for the two species that are known to transmit the Zika Virus.

There are some things you can do to help stop mosquitos from breeding. Every three days residents should check their yards for potential breeding grounds. Tip and toss water found in flower pots, planter boxes, bird baths, and kiddie pools. Remove trash or unused items that can hold water such as tires, trash cans and lids, cans, bottles and food containers. Check gutters and drain tubes. Treat rain barrels with a larvicide from a hardware store or nursery. Keep in mind that mosquitos can lay their eggs in as little as a teaspoon of water and they can hatch in 3 to 4 days.

If you have any questions or concerns related to any information in this article please call the mosquito hotline for Clarke at 1-800-942-2555.

'Ask Mayor Veenstra' Live Monday Evening

Mayor Rich Veenstra will answer questions from residents Monday, May 2, when he makes his monthly appearance on Addison Community Television's "Ask Mayor Veenstra" program.

Tune in to the live broadcast at 6 p.m. and call the phone number on your screen to speak with the mayor about a question or concern. Or email your question before or during the program to AskMayorVeenstra@addison-il.org.

Addison Community Television can been seen on Comcast Cable Channel 6, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, and is streamed online here.

Miss Addison Applications Now Available

Applications for the 2016 Miss Addison Scholarship Pageant are now available. Young women between the ages of 17 and 21 who are residents of Addison are encouraged to apply by June 3, 2016.

Miss Addison will receive a $2,000 scholarship. First runner up will receive $1,000 and second runner up $500 in scholarships.

For a full list of criteria and the application, please click here.

Addison Connect Mobile App Available

The Village of Addison's new smartphone app, Addison Connect, now allows residents to identify issues and report those service requests directly to the appropriate department.

Residents can upload a photo or video of the concern and mark the geographic location on a map. Each request is provided a unique tracking number so the user is able to see when action is taken.

Some of the concerns that residents can report through the app include potholes, abandoned vehicles, illegal trash dumping and broken streetlights.

This information is immediately sent to the appropriate staff member, as well as his supervisor, and a backup staff person in case someone is out of the office or on vacation.

Emergency concerns should always be reported to 911.

You can download the app for free in the Apple App Store or Google Play.

CodeRED Comes to Addison

The Village of Addison has contracted with a service called "CodeRED," which will allow us to quickly communicated with residents in case of an emergency. Automated voice calls, texts and emails can be sent out to the community at large, or in a smaller geographical area.

Most landline phones are already in the CodeRed database and an introductory message went out late last week, encouraging residents to go online and register other phone numbers and email addresses. However, there have been questions about this process.

CodeRED will NOT replace the Village's database of email addresses that is currently used to communicate Road Construction updates, community reminders and the monthly eNewsletter. This database is still an important tool.

Here are some questions the Village has been receiving:

Q: How do I register?
A: You can register by visiting the Village's website, AddisonAdvantage.org, and clicking "Register" or "CodeRED" from any page. This will take you to a page that explains the difference between the Village eBlast list, and CodeRED. You can sign up for either or both. Or you can simply go to: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/BFEEEE53A4A6

Q: What is the difference between registering with the Village and registering with CodeRED?
A: CodeRED is used for emergency purposes, such as evacuation notices, boil orders, gas leaks and urgent situations. It can also be used to communicated warnings, such as major traffic incidents. These messages can be received via automated phone calls, texts and/or emails.
The Village sends out periodic emails only, of a less urgent nature. These are community reminders and news.

Q: How do I know which one I registered for?
A: EBlasts will come from the email address info@addison-il.org or info2@addison-il.org. You register for them by simply typing in your email address.
CodeRED registration takes you to a different website where you are asked to provide your home or business address in Addison, and verify your location on a map. This is why registration must take place online. This allows us to make sure to include you in messages that pertain to a smaller geographic area.

Q: If I received the test phone call, do I need to register?
A: If you received the message last week, then you are in the database. However you may still want to receive messages at other phone numbers or email addresses as well. If so, you should register those online.

Q: I didn't receive a test call. Why not, and what should I do?
A: Many people nowadays no longer have landlines at home, which makes it even more important to go online and register for CodeRED. Even if you have a landline, there is the small possibility that you are not in the database.

Village of Addison Expands Social Media Outlets

Get news and reminders from the Village of Addison, tailor-made to your interests!

Want to know latest -- from road construction updates, to payment reminders? Like the Village on Facebook at "VillageofAddison."

Keep up to date on the latest Village of Addison event news by liking us on Facebook at "AddisonEvents." Get the most detailed information on our summer events -- including vendors, entertainment, changes, or weather delays. Communicate with us with suggestions and questions.

And follow us on Twitter @AddisonVillage.

Village of Addison Events Website Now Available

Get the latest information on Village of Addison events at ItHappensInAddison.com.

The "events only" website has the entire summer schedule, including vendors and entertainment, and is mobile optimized to make it easy to check out while you're on the go.