West Nile Prevention In Twin Falls County


By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Mosquito season is here, officials with the Twin Falls County pest abatement district are warning of dangers of West Nile Virus.

They’re taking action and reducing the amount of mosquitoes throughout the county.

This small fish is being caught for one purpose, mosquito control.

Volunteers are measuring, counting, and putting fish into a tank.

"Real small fish will eat mosquito larva which is in the water. This fish will go to ponds throughout Twin Falls County and use it for mosquito control,” said Kirk Tubbs, Twin Falls County Pest Abatement District.

Overall, this year mosquito numbers are low because of the dry weather. However, the West Nile Virus is out there. Just this year it has been found in canyon, Owyhee, Washington, Payette, and Ada counties.

"This is one step we're taking to keep mosquito numbers low so we can reduce West Nile transmission” said Tubbs.

Every year the pest abatement district catches between five-hundred and six-hundred bluegill.

The West Nile Virus is transmitted when a mosquito bites an infected bird, and then bites you.

"If we can limit the sources of mosquitoes that will be better. Water that has been sitting for five days will produce mosquitoes and they hatch out of it. Drain standing water and give us a call and well help treat it” said Tubbs.

A time to take precautions to protect yourself from a mosquito bites and fish that are helping in the process.

As of May 2013, no West Nile Virus has been detected in Twin Falls County.

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