CHICAGO — The city will spray insecticide to kill mosquitoes Wednesday in several North Side neighborhoods.
The spraying is part of an effort to protect residents from West Nile virus. The spraying will start at dusk Wednesday in the Albany Park, Lincoln Square, Irving Park and North Center community areas, according to a city health department news release.
Spraying will continue until about 1 a.m. Thursday.
The spray is not harmful to people or pets and is routinely used around the United States, according to the health department. Residents who are concerned can stay inside and close their windows.
A map of the spray area:
The insecticide that will be used is Zenivex, and it’s been approved by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and is “widely” used to control mosquito populations outdoors, according to the health department. Licensed technicians will spray the insecticide, and supervisors from the city’s Department of Streets and Sanitations will be on hand to guide crews.
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