The Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District reported this week three trap sites tested positive for the West Nile Virus but none were in the Kuna/Melba area. The three sites were: Highway 20-26 and Farmway Road north of Caldwell, Roswell Marsh area off Hwy 18 near Malheur County (Oregon state line), and Peckham Road & Arena Valley Road west of Wilder.
The Ada County Mosquito Abatement District online mosquito tracker shows that no sites have tested positive yet in Ada County this year. That hasn’t stopped mosquito control methods. According to CCMAD, “The sustained hot weather with temperatures near or over 100º that we have been experiencing has significantly increased the population of the species of mosquitoes that can carry West Nile Virus. The Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District urges the public to take necessary precautions to protect themselves from mosquitoes and the disease that they can transmit.”
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends avoiding mosquitoes between the hours of dusk and dawn. This is when the species of mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus are the most active. Residents should also:
- Prevent and/or drain any standing water. Avoid over irrigating that can lead to standing water.
- Use mosquito repellant containing DEET 30% or any other EPA approved mosquito repellant.
- Cover up exposed skin, even in hot weather.
- Insect proof your home. This species of potential disease carrying mosquitoes can regularly enter homes.
The Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District web page: www.canyoncountymosquito.com has regular updates on any additional West Nile Virus activity and progress on control measures on and around the affected positive test site. The Ada County Mosquito Abatement mosquito tracker can be seen at adacounty.id.gov/Mosquito-Abatement/Mosquito-Tracker.