Mosquito Awareness in Southeast Idaho

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Updated: 8/22/2013 9:38 am
As many of us enjoy the warm weather and the freedom of being outside for most of the day, it also means we need to beef up protection from those pesky mosquitoes.

Experts say it’s been worse than usual in many parts of the U.S. due to a combination of drought, heavy rain and heat.

We spoke to Madison County Mosquito Abatement to see how things are looking for our area.

There are two main types of mosquitoes that can be found in the southeast Idaho area, one is 80’s Species and the other is the Culex.

“and so the Culex is the one that we really are concerned about, that is the West Nile carrier, and that’s the one that gets into small standing water places, like tires and gutters and all kinds of little harder to reach places that you don’t realize” said Madison County Mosquito Abatement employee Alan Beardsley.

Although the Culex is in our area, only one count of West Nile was reported in Madison County this year…and the level of the virus was so small, it didn’t raise any concerns.

However, there are ways to protect yourself and your family.

“Well first of all you can always have some personal barriers, you can have some long sleeve shirts, your house windows should be equipped with a screen if you can, so that when you have the windows open you aren’t getting the mosquitoes into your house” continued Beardsley.

There’s also bug repellant and of course, keeping standing water clean. Madison County Mosquito Abatement says if you have a bird bath you should change the water at least once a week.

“Make sure your gutters aren’t’ clogged so that you aren’t getting water there” said Beardsley.

If you have any questions or concerns you can call Madison County Mosquito Abatement District at 356-3139.

An interesting fact about mosquitoes is that male mosquitoes don’t bite; only female mosquitoes feed on blood so that their eggs can mature prior to laying.
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