Third Canyon County mosquito trap tests positive for West Nile Virus

Posted at 12:31 PM, Jul 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-23 14:31:27-04

Over the weekend, a third mosquito trap in Canyon County has tested positive for the West Nile Virus.  

The trap was collected Friday, July 20, confirming positive test results. Officials said the infected mosquitoes were found in the Roswell Marsh area of western Canyon County, off Highway 18, near the Idaho/Oregon state line.

“Mosquito surveillance traps west of Caldwell appear to be the center of elevated numbers of potentially disease-carrying mosquitoes,” said Canyon County spokesman Joe Decker.

For those involved in any outdoor activities in the area, the Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District recommends using mosquito repellent and follow the advice known as the “7 Ds”.

--DRAIN any standing water on your property that may cause mosquitos and remember do not over irrigate.
--DAWN and DUSK are times to avoid outdoors.
--DRESS appropriately by wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants when outdoors.
--DEFEND yourself against mosquitoes by using an insect repellant.
--DOOR and window screens should be in good conditions to prevent mosquitos form entering your home.
--DISTRICT personnel are here to help address mosquito problems that you may be experiencing.