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Mosquito carrying West Nile Virus found in Twin Falls

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Posted at 1:42 PM, Jul 28, 2023

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — The Twin Falls County Pest Abatement District has announced the findings of West Nile Virus in a mosquito tested 7 miles northwest of Buhl on the river's edge and county line.

Officials are advising residents to act now to avoid catching the disease.

“Now is the time to reduce mosquito habitat on your property and avoid mosquitoes when they are most active at dusk and dawn,” said Aaron Ursenbach with the TFCPAD. If you have something that needs to be treated you can call them or visit their website at https://www.tfcpad.org.

Public Health officials remind residents to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites by:

  • Using insect repellent with an EPA-registered active ingredient like DEET, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitos carrying the virus are most active.
  • Wearing loose-fitting clothes with long sleeves and pants.
  • Installing screens on all windows and doors.
  • Checking for, and draining, any standing water around your home every three to six days. This includes clogged rain gutters, pools, bird baths, old tires and other outside water features.