Tom Velat

Tom Velat

Invertebrate Ecologist at District’s

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Lead Staff Member On Emerald Dragonfly Research, the Project  - Hine

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"The policy was updated with background information on newly emerging mosquito-borne diseases and descriptions of the District's response to these threats within the scope of the District's mission," said Tom Velat, Natural Resources ecology coordinator at the District.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years.

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“It is currently impossible to eradicate these destructive insects, but the Forest Preserve District continually monitors for their presence and coordinates with other agencies for treatments to lessen damage to our woodlands,� said Tom Velat, the District’s invertebrate ecologist.
Media Contacts: Tom Velat, 630-871-6426, Natural Resources

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“Our program is designed to support public health, and we have coordinated with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the DuPage County Health Department for many years to share data and refine our efforts,� says Tom Velat, the District’s insect ecologist and the program’s coordinator.
“The potential to contract West Nile virus is greatest after stretches of hot summer weather in July and August, but individuals should always protect themselves against mosquito bites by using insect repellent containing DEET in accordance with the product directions, dressing in long pants and long sleeves, and avoiding the outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active,� says Velat. He also urges residents to check around their homes and drain any items that could hold standing water. Tom Velat, 630-871-6426, Natural Resources

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