The Ada County Weed, Pest & Mosquito Abatement Department is reminding residents to be vigilant about protecting against West Nile virus as mosquito season gets underway.
Officials said the cool and wet spring kept the mosquito population to a minimum. However, as the temperatures continue to rise, and with the recent flooding along the Boise River, the area will likely see a significant increase in the mosquito population.
As West Nile virus continues to remain a concern, residents are encouraged to “Fight the Bite,” and protect themselves and their property from mosquitoes that could carry the potentially deadly virus.
Here are some suggested precautions:
- Inspect property and neighborhood for standing water. Areas where water collects, even within a lawn or other grassy area are prime mosquito breeding habitats.
- Drain or frequently replace standing water to prevent mosquito breeding
- Avoid over irrigation
- Remove excess vegetation from
- Empty artificial containers
- Change water in bird baths and dog bowls
- Frequently clean roof gutters
-Filter swimming pools
regularly, and cover
- Cover cesspool and septic tanks
- Flush out horse troughs every
- Drain incidental standing
- Purchase biological mosquito control “dunks” to use in areas that cannot be cleaned regularly
- Replace or repair old screen doors and windows if needed, to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
- Use an EPA-registered insect repellant when outdoors. Mosquitoes can bite through thin fabrics, so repellant should be used over clothing. For organic prevention, lemon eucalyptus oil can be used, and is the only plant-based insect repellant recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
- Cover up with light colored, long sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors, especially when mosquitoes are most active during the hours between dusk and dawn.
Residents who have a significant mosquito problem, or who spot areas of standing water in or around their neighborhood, can report those to Ada County Weed, Pest and Mosquito Abatement at 577-4646. Mosquito Abatement staff may be able to assist by inspecting and treating areas that are identified as likely mosquito breeding grounds.
Those interested in learning more about mosquito control and the dangers of West Nile Virus, can visit www.adaweb.net/WeedPestandMosquito.aspx or like Ada County Weed, Pest and Mosquito Abatement on Facebook.