Mosquito numbers expected to increase

Just one case of West Nile Virus has been identified in Utah so far this year, and fortunately no cases have been found in Cache County. However, Terrie Wierenga, administrative officer at the Cache Mosquito Abatement District, said there are plenty of mosquitoes and it is expected that the numbers will be increasing.

How are they dealt with? On <a href=”″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk program Friday</a>, Wierenga said it is very important to get rid of standing water.

“That means if you have a bird bath, dump it out and put fresh water in ever day. That’s enough to get rid of the mosquito larva or any eggs that are laid. Same is true if you have an kids pales in the sand box that have a couple cups or a couple inches of water in the bottom. That’s enough to hatch out several hundred mosquitoes.”

Wierenga advised people to check the gutters around homes because they can trap enough water for mosquito breeding and hatching habitat. Also, she said to remember to wear long sleeves and pants when outside at dusk.

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