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posted: 7/18/2014 10:08 PM

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Submitted by University of Illinois Extension

The summer series of the Four Seasons Gardening program, from University of Illinois Extension, concludes with a session titled "Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus."

The program will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, and will be presented via computer at the McHenry County Extension office in Woodstock.

Control the northern house mosquito in your neighborhood, and you control West Nile virus. The annual threat of West Nile virus builds in early summer and continues into the fall. The number of cases has been higher during the last two summers, with about a dozen human deaths in Illinois each of those years.

Phil Nixon, University of Illinois Extension entomologist, will discuss how to control and cope with northern house mosquitoes, floodwater mosquitoes, and other mosquitoes to protect yourself and your community from bites and disease.

The presentation will be presented via the University of Illinois distance learning system and local computer PowerPoint presentations, allowing live discussion between the presenter and gardeners throughout Illinois.

Cost for the session is $5. Advance registration is required at web.extension. For more information, call the extension office at (815) 338-3737. The fall series of the Four Seasons Gardening program will begin on Sept. 9.