Larvicide application for mosquito prevention:
Mosquito larvicide is available to municipalities with standing water problems. Abandoned swimming pools are a large breeding site for mosquitoes. Please notify the health department of any abandoned pools or standing water sites. If your municipality does not have a licensed applicator for the larvicide distribution, please notify the health department at 939-3871 ext.11 for applications.
Extremely wet weather combined with upcoming warming temperatures this spring may spark an increase of mosquito populations throughout the state of Illinois. Mosquitoes can carry viruses that can cause illness. The mosquito becomes infected by feeding on dead, infected birds and may transmit the viruses to humans.
Mosquito information can be found at http://www.idph.state.il.us/public/hb/hbmosquito.htm
Attention municipalities: Dead birds can be collected and tested or the presence of West Nile Virus.
Dead birds may be submitted this year for testing. Birds will be accepted for testing from May 1 to October 1, 2014.
The same rules apply as last year: Decomposed birds (strong odor, eyes deflated or dried, maggots present, or bloated from decomposition gases) will NOT be accepted for testing. No waterfowl, gulls, chickens or larger birds such as vultures or eagles may be submitted. The following birds are acceptable: crows, blue jays, grackles, starling, robins, cardinals, catbirds, mockingbirds, sparrows, finches, swallows and wrens. The Health Department must be notified for pick up as soon as a dead bird is found. Citizens may also bring birds into our office at 901 Illinois Ave, Waterloo; however, they must be bagged and refrigerated/ iced for sanitary reasons.
West Nile information can be found at http://www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm
Water Well Permits & Closed Loop Well (geothermal well) / Inspections:
In a rural area such as Monroe County, many homes do not have access to a municipal water supply.Our water program exists to ensure that new water wells are constructed according to State code guidelines so that neither your health nor the environment is jeopardized. Before constructing or deepening a water well or a vertical closed loop well system in Monroe County, a permit must be obtained from the Monroe County Health Department.
Septic Permits/ Inspections:
In a rural area such as Monroe County, many homes do not have access to a municipal sewer system.Our private sewage disposal program exists to ensure that new septic systems are contructed according to State code guidelines so that neither your health nor the environment is jeopardized. Before constructing or repairing a septic system in Monroe County, a permit must be obtained from the Monroe County Health Department.
Contact our office for questions regarding private sewage disposal systems, their maintenance and proper operation. The Monroe County Health Department recommends pumping of septic and aeration tanks every 3 to 5 years for optimal performance. Anonymous complaints may be filed with our department regarding private sewage systems possibly failing and contaminating the environment as well.
Food Sanitation Program:
The goal of the Food Sanitation Program is to protect citizens from contracting and transmitting food-borne illnesses and to educate food service operators and consumers about safe food handling practices.