Heavy rainfall throughout June has made it one of the wettest in the past 21 years. These conditions coupled with warm temperatures are responsible for huge successive broods or emergences of floodwater mosquitoes which are continuing to emerge. These mosquitoes can fly up to 15 miles.
Cuba Township and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend residents take precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites. Especially important is the use of insect repellant containing one of the following when mosquitoes are active:
• DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide)
• Picaridin, (KBR 3023)
• synthesized Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (PMD)
Residents should follow the three R’s – reduce your exposure to mosquitoes, repel them by wearing insect repellent, and report areas where mosquitoes typically breed.
Yard & Home Checklist – Clear your property of any potential breeding sites
• Get rid of old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles or any water holding containers
• Fill in or drain any low places (puddles, ruts) in yard
• Keep drains, ditches and culverts clean of weeds and trash so water will drain properly
• Cover trash containers to keep out rain water
• Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets
• Empty plastic wading pool at least once a week and store it indoors when not in use
• Make sure your backyard pool is properly cared for while on vacation
• Change the water in bird baths and plant pots or drip trays at least once each week
• Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes will not hide there
Cuba Township contracts with Clarke for mosquito abatement. Clarke’s Mosquito Hotline, (800) 942-2555, is ready to take stagnant water reports from residents. Reminder: Existing ponds or water sites that have only risen in level DO NOT need to be reported. Only areas or sites that have been dry and traditionally do not hold water, but are now retaining water for 4 or more days should be reported. Please note, residents will not receive a call back once a call is logged.
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To help create and maintain a high quality of life for Cuba Township residents, while providing Township services such as Road Maintenance, General Assistance, Property Assessment, Voter Registration and Early Voting, in a fiscally responsible manner.
Townships are the oldest form of local government in the country. Brought by settlers from New England, townships were established in Illinois in 1850 to accommodate the needs of their local communities before municipalities were formed and a trip to the county seat meant spending the entire day on horseback.
Cuba Township was established in 1850 at 28160 W. Cuba Road, Barrington, on property owned by the Township and now known as The Grove. This white farmhouse now houses the office of the Cuba Township Road District and is the site of the annual Fall Festival. Cuba Township was originally named Troy Township. When it was discovered that another township in southern Illinois had already chosen that name, “Cuba” was chosen to show solidarity for the citizens in that country enduring an insurrection. The Township encompasses all or part of 8 municipalities, lies in the extreme southwest corner of Lake County, and covers 24 square miles and has 16,800 residents.. There are 18 townships in Lake County.
Illinois townships are mandated to provide 3 services- property assessment, assistance to the needy and road maintenance. Other services, as permissible by law have been added through the years.