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Homeowners: Reduce standing water on property

Posted at 5:24 PM, Apr 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-28 19:24:19-04

Abatement districts are ready for the mosquito season that is just around the corner.

In Canyon County, problematic areas where larvae has already been found are being treated. Those areas include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Deer Flat National Refuge, agricultural fields and along the Boise River.

While it's unlikely that Zika Virus carrying mosquitoes will arrive in Idaho, it's something experts will be keeping their eye on. They say the key to reducing the risk of any mosquito-borne illness is to control the larvae.

That is why they say it's so important, especially in the Springtime, to empty anything that may be holding standing water.

"It's really important that people be vigilant on overwatering yards or gardens and making sure that if they have ornamental ponds or fountains that they're working properly," says Ed Burnett, director of the Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District.

When it gets hot, larvae produce a mob of mosquitoes in just three days.

You can learn more about the Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District and the West Nile Virus at a health fair on Saturday, April 30. It will be at the middle school in Middleton.

Anyone who has questions on treatment plans in their area is encouraged to give them a call by dialing (208) 461-8633.