Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in Canyon County

Posted at 8:04 PM, Jul 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-21 16:45:06-04

West Nile Virus makes its reappearance after a month-long hiatus.

Mosquitoes in Parma, at the Boise River along the Highway 95 corridor, tested positive for the virus this morning, according to the Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District. They say the biggest mosquito problem currently is on the far west end of the county.

Ed Burnett from the District says, “The farther west you go, the lower the river gets because it's starting to slow down and go into the snake river. That's why we have more mosquitoes over that way, because there is just more of those pools.”

Another reason is because of the high heat we are seeing this summer.

The Abatement District is now warning any measure to prevent being bitten by a mosquito should be taken. Using mosquito spray with at least 3-6% deet.

They say as long as the heat stays, the West Nile presence will stick around as well.