Canyon County

Mosquito in Canyon County tests positive for West Nile Virus

Canyon County officials found mosquitoes in Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge that tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to a county press release.

Officials set a trap for bugs Monday, and collected it Tuesday. They confirmed that it contained contaminated bugs via the press release Wednesday. This is the second case of West Nile Virus in the county this summer. Another trap tested positive for the virus just before July 4, according to the release.

The county will fog residential areas near Lakeshore Drive from Lynwood to Pump roads Wednesday and Thursday night, to cut down on the mosquito population, according to the press release.

Officials urge residents in the area to wear insect repellent (with at least 30 percent DEET), drain any nearby standing water, avoid being out in the dawn or dusk hours, use screen doors to keep bugs out of the home and to ask district personnel questions. Residents can contact District Director Ed Burnett at 208-461-8633.