Mosquito abatement programs underway

A new mosquito season has begun. Cache Mosquito Abatement District workers began checking areas of standing water for mosquito larvae on May 7. Larvicide is being applied to attack the mosquitoes before they become adults.

Terri Wierenga, spokesperson for the district, says preventing the mosquito larva from becoming adults is by far the most effective method of mosquito abatement. She says about 80 percent of the abatement efforts are spent on larviciding. Only 20 percent of the time is spent on fogging.

Later this month the Mosquito Abatement District will be setting traps to measure adult mosquito numbers throughout the district. The trapped mosquitoes can also be tested for West Nile Virus and  other mosquito-borne disease.

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