Canyon County mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

csewell@idahostatesman.comJuly 14, 2014 

— The Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District has started spraying operations after mosquitoes tested positive for the virus at three sites: U.S. 20/26 and Farmway Road, Roswell Marsh off Idaho 18 near the Idaho border and the Peckham Road and Arena Valley Road area west of Wilder.

Crews fogged these areas Friday and Saturday night. Additional spray operations will be conducted Monday night from Farmway Road and Idaho 20/26 to the Boise River area. Spraying will also continue near Curtis Park, Rotary Pond, Caldwell ponds and along the Boise River just past Look Lane. The Roswell Marsh area and Roswell area south of Parma will be treated Monday and Tuesday. The Arena Valley and Peckham Road area are scheduled for treatment Monday and Tuesday night.

Gem and Payette counties have also reported mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus. No human cases of West Nile have been reported in Idaho this year, according to Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

The sustained hot weather has lead to a significant increase in 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 West Nile virus:.

• Avoid mosquitoes between the hours of dusk and dawn. This is when the mosquito species that can carry West Nile Virus are most active.

• Prevent and/or drain any standing water.

• Avoid over irrigating that can lead to standing water.

• Use mosquito repellant containing DEET 30 percent or any other EPA-approved mosquito repellant.

• Cover up exposed skin, even in hot weather.

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