Mosquito larvicide training is May 5

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Warren and Mercer County Health Departments have partnered together to sponsor a one-hour mosquito larvicide training to all interested township, village or municipal employees on Tuesday, May 5. The training will be held from 10 a.m. until noon to accommodate the training and to answer questions concerning EPA requirements to complete a Notice of Intent to apply the larvicide. Training will be held at the Mercer County Health Department located at 305 NW 7th Street, Aledo.

Upon competition of the training, the individual will receive a mosquito applicators certificate from the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The certificate allows the trained individual to apply larvicide for the treatment of mosquitoes and the control of the West Nile Virus. In 2014, Mercer County did have a positive West Nile Case. Each county health department has a supply of larvicide that will be provided to municipalities at no charge for those who send a representative to be trained. This larvicide is very expensive. Mercer and Warren County Health Departments are very fortunate to have received a vector control grant from the State of Illinois. We appreciate the help of all municipalities in helping control mosquitoes and the spread of the West Nile Virus.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Warren County Health Department at 309-734-1314 or Mercer County Health Department at 309-582-3759.