By LORI EDMO-SUPPAH
FORT HALL — No evidence of West Nile Virus has been found in mosquito traps on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation according to Vector Disease Control International.
Vector Disease Control International is working in conjunction with the Tribes Agricultural Resource Management (ARM) program to monitor and spray mosquitoes on the Rez.
West Nile Virus has been found in mosquito traps in Bannock County but not on the Rez.
Preston Buckskin, ARM program manager, said although West Nile has not been detected in any of the traps, they would still encourage residents to continue to take precautionary measures to stay protected.
Following are tips to prevent mosquito bites and habitat within your home.
• Use insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus and Always follow label instructions for use, especially with children.
• Wear loose fitting, light colored clothing while outdoors, especially long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks & minimize outdoor activity at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
• Keep grass and weeds cut to minimize resting places for adult mosquitoes.
• Reduce mosquito habitat by disposing of cans, buckets, barrels, pots or similar water-holding containers, tires & debris from your property. Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use. Clean vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds and ditches.
Vector is increasing their mosquito treatments within the reservation. If you have mosquito problems please contact Vector Disease Control Mosquito hotline: (208) 684-5112.
For more informative information on West Nile and Zike please go online to: https://www.epa.gov/mosquitocontrol