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West Nile Virus Surveillance Update
Testing for West Nile Virus is being conducted on Dear Flat National Wildlife Refuge,and various locations through Canyon County including Caldwell near the Boise River, Middleton area, Parma, Greenleaf, Wilder, Melba near the Snake River, and sections of Nampa.
Traps a deployed in the evening hours and retrieved the next morning. Vector (Culex species) are separated and tested for West Nile Virus. West Nile virus positive trap locations will be posted on our webpage as results are verified.
After after 4 weeks of surveillance, no virus activity has been noted. Culex species (West Nile Virus vectors) are on the increase in the west end of the county from Dixie Flats area to Parma. Culex numbers remain stable around Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge.
County wide Culex species sample numbers for week ending June 19 were 1224 with 44 RAMP West Nile virus tests completed. There was no virus activity noted from these test samples.
CDC CO2 baited light trap pictured
MOSQUITO OF THE MONTH: Aedes nigromaculis, "The Irrigated Pasture Mosquito"
This mosquito species over winters as an egg which are laid singularly on soil. When spring rains (like we are currently experiencing) or the beginning of spring irrigation happens, this mosquito will begin hatching off in tremendous numbers. The irrigated pasture mosquito is a daytime flyer and biter and very aggressive!
Control measures can be very difficult because of the unpredictability of the hatch off cycle and the fact that they may be present in high numbers for a few days then disappear.
Right now because of the flooding of large acres of shoreline and wooded areas of Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, this mosquito is very active.
A very good control measure for your yard is to spray a residual insecticide containing permithrin or bifenthrin to shrubs and grassy areas where these mosquitoes prefer to light and rest during the day.
West Nile Virus - What You Should Know
Mosquito Control Around the Home
Water Wise Facts to Control Mosquitoes
Canyon County Pollinator Protection Management Plan
Board of Trustees News
BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING SCHEDULE FOR 2015
July 21 Location will be at 15754 Lakeshore Drive, Caldwell. Board meeting and budget working meeting
Budget Hearing Aug 25 and monthly Board meeting.
December meeting and location to be determined.
ALL MEETINGS LOCATION ARE AT THE CANYON COUNTY MOSQUITO ABATEMENT DISTRICT CONFERENCE ROOM LOCATED AT: 9719 BOOKER LANE, NAMPA
For information on all Board Meeting, to view agendas and minutes, please contact Board Clerk, District Director, Ed Burnett at 461-8633.