Ada County Prepares to Launch Intense Attack on Skeeters

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Saying "populations ... have exploded to levels never seen before," mosquito abatement officials will target an 11 square mile area of Western Ada County beginning Tuesday morning. The target spans neighborhoods from Linder Road to east of Eagle Road and from Floating Feather Road to Chinden Boulevard.

"Historically, the average mosquito trap count hovers around 400, but recently that number has ballooned well into the 1,000s," says Brian Wilbur, Director of the Ada County Weed, Pest and Mosquito Abatement Department.

There is some good news. The mosquitoes being trapped are not of the Culex species-the known carrier of the West Nile Virus. But the mosquitos are taking their toll on homeowners, pets and livestock.

Residents in the 11 square mile area should expect to see fogging trucks driving through subdivisions and neighborhoods as early as Tuesday evening. High winds are not friendly to ground fogging, so they'll need to begin as soon as winds are low enough to begin the abatement, which is expected to take place primarily in the evening.

More information is available at:
www.adaweb.net/weedpestandmosquito/mosquitoabatement.aspx.