West Nile Virus found in Caldwell mosquito trap

Posted at 12:46 PM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 14:46:11-04

Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District officials say they have found West Nile Virus in a trap north of Caldwell, along the Boise River.  

“Extended hot weather near 100 degrees spikes the species of mosquitoes that can carry West Nile Virus,” said Canyon County spokesman Joe Decker. “Hot weather also leads to heavy irrigating of lawns, parks, pastures and fields that can contribute to this high population of the Culex species (also known as the Western Encephalitis mosquito.)”

The District completed nighttime Ultra Low Volume (“fogging”) in the area Tuesday night -- and will continue operations Wednesday and Thursday nights.  

For anyone involved in any outdoor activity in areas along the Boise River near Caldwell, the 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.