Summer in Illinois means construction, humidity, and mosquitoes, and it’s that last threat that has experts warning residents to take some serious precautions in the coming weeks.

According to the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District, mosquitoes in six different suburbs, including Evanston, Glenview, and Skokie, have tested positive for West Nile virus this year, and although the virus doesn’t typically spread this early in the summer, the threat is about to become much more serious.

“We expect that West Nile virus activity will increase over the next few weeks,” the group said. “Residents are urged to examine their property and eliminate any items that can hold water, particularly smaller items that may be easily overlooked.”

Mosquitoes in Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, and Niles also have tested positive for West Nile.

Residents are encouraged to wear insect repellant when participating in outdoor activities, and the NSMAD also encourages citizens to avoid the outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquito activity is at its highest.

Published at 10:00 PM CDT on Jul 8, 2017

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