Boise & Garden City

West Nile Virus present in Ada County

A mosquito trap tested positive for West Nile Virus in Ada County, according to a county press release.

The trap was set by the Ada County Weed, Pest and Mosquito Abatement department just north of the intersection of Chinden Boulevard and Ten Mile Road. Another trap, that was set near the Boise River close to Star, is being retested since it could contain an infected bug, according to the release.

“When we have a positive result like this, we address it immediately, said Brian Wilbur, director of the department. “We constantly work to stay on top of the county’s mosquito population. We will continue to keep a close eye on these locations, in addition to our regular treatment efforts throughout all of Ada County.”

The department will continue testing all Ada County sites, and fog for mosquitoes in the Chinden and Ten Mile area, according to the release.

In the meantime, officials are urging residents to take precautions. West Nile is potentially fatal and transmissible among insects, wild animals, pets livestock and humans.

This is the first trap to test positive for West Nile in Ada, but not the first in the area. Canyon County had a trap test positive for West Nile near Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge July 20, and another just before July 4.

Ada County tips to stay safe

  • Drain standing water near your home to get rid of a mosquito-friendly habitat
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants to prevent bites
  • Use DEET on your exposed skin to ward off mosquitoes

Information provided by Ada County