Canyon County expecting average mosquito year

Posted at 4:50 PM, Jun 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-04 19:19:29-04

Warmer temperatures have many seeking relief in Idaho's waterways, but, be forewarned, mosquitos love to breed next to the water. 

Canyon County started mosquito abatement in mid-March and report typical spring conditions for the pests.

No cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in the county yet, but mosquitoes carrying the virus typically show up during the first half of June. 

"Lake Lowell and Deer Flat Wildlife refuge, that's our big concern right now," Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District Director Ed Burnett said. "There's a lot of water there, it's about 98, 99 percent full. [Water isn't] going out yet because nobody's irrigating because it hasn't been hot enough, so the water is just sitting there. We're getting a fair amount of the species that can carry West Nile Virus... around there."

Horses, pets and livestock are susceptible to West Nile Virus. Burnett suggests getting your horses vaccinated. 

As always, remove standing water around your property and wear repellant to keep mosquitos at bay.