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DENGUE FEVER ZIKA VIRUS

The Bannock County Mosquito Abatement District will be conducting surveillance and trapping to determine fogging applications throughout the County this summer. Fogging applications help control adult mosquito populations and the transmission of disease.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 208-236-7409. Thank you.

Mosquito Abatement Supervisor:
Buddy Romriell
Cell Phone: (208) 251-4011
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Our Mission

… is to help protect the citizens that live within the Bannock County Mosquito Abatement District boundaries from disease-carrying mosquitoes such as the Culex species, which is the primary vector for the West Nile Virus, to improve the quality of life for District constituents by managing mosquito populations to prevent a nuisance and or economic loss to areas of the district, and to help protect District animal and livestock populations from mosquito-borne disease or parasites.

The Bannock County Mosquito Abatement District is a division of Bannock County Public Works.

Bannock County Mosquito Abatement District operates the Adult Mosquito treatment program primarily based on surveillance results. When adult mosquito trap counts reach pre-determined thresholds, Bannock County will send fogging trucks to control adult mosquito populations. In some situations, a barrier spray may be the best choice for control.

Although we try to follow a general schedule to effectively cover all areas of the District, sometimes an adjustment is necessary to address a large hatch-off or infestation. Service Requests from County residents also impact the treatment program schedule. Weather and other environmental conditions play a very important role when determining whether or not to fog.

Facts About ULV Fogging

  • U.L.V. means Ultra Low Volume. Less than 1.75 ounces are used per acre with very small droplets.
  • Because of the low amounts of material used, beneficial insects such as lady bugs, damsel flies and honey bees are not harmed. Flying mosquitoes are the target.
  • In most cases, the adult flying mosquito control material used is Permithrin. Permithrin is short lived and breaks down within a few hours and in sunlight.
Bannock County Mosquito Abatement District operates the Adult Mosquito treatment program primarily based on surveillance results.  When adult mosquito trap counts reach pre-determined thresholds, Bannock County will send fogging trucks to control adult mosquito populations.  In some situations, a barrier spray may be the best choice for control.

Although we try to follow a general schedule to effectively cover all areas of the District, sometimes an adjustment is necessary to address a large hatch-off or infestation.  Service Requests from County residents also impact the treatment program schedule.  Weather and other environmental conditions play a very important role when determining whether or not to fog.
 

Facts About ULV Fogging

  • U.L.V. means Ultra Low Volume. Less than 1.75 ounces are used per acre with very small droplets.
  • Because of the low amounts of material used, beneficial insects such as lady bugs, damsel flies and honey bees are not harmed. Flying mosquitoes are the target.
  • In most cases, the adult flying mosquito control material used is Permithrin. Permithrin is short lived and breaks down within a few hours and in sunlight.

Mosquito Facts:

Although there are fourteen species of mosquitoes found in Bannock County, there is one species that is know to carry and transmit the West Nile Virus. This is the Culex species and the varieties found in Bannock County are Culex tarsalis and Culex pipiens (shown below). These are the two species that we regularly test for West Nile Virus.


Culex tarsalis Mosquito

Culex Pipiens Mosquito

These mosquitoes love to breed in stagnant water.  They over-winter as eggs and West Nile Virus remains viable to be passed on when the mosquitoes hatch in the spring. Get more info on http://mosquitocontrolfacts.com/.

Did You Know?
There are over 3000 species of mosquitoes.  Fourteen species have been identified in Bannock County.

We work hard to keep our District residents as safe as possible from the threat of mosquitoes and West Nile Virus. It is a constant battle, but you can help!

WHAT IS ZIKA VIRUS AND HOW DOES IT SPREAD?

Zika virus (ZIKV) was first discovered in 1947 in the Zika Forest of Uganda. Shortly thereafter, it was isolated from mosquitoes and then humans in 1968. ZIKV is a flavivirus similar to yellow fever, dengue, Japanese encephalitis, and West Nile virus. Prior to 2007, it had only been detected in central Africa and throughout southeast Asia. However, in 2007, it was associated with a disease outbreak on Yap Island in the south Pacific, representing the first time it had spread outside of
Asia. From there, it spread to South America with human cases first reported in 2014. Zika is a virus transmitted by the bite of the mosquito to humans and from human to human. Only 1 in 5 people infected with Zika will show symptoms. Zika has been linked to microcephaly in babies who contracted the virus from their mothers while pregnant. The CDC is also investigating a correlation of Zika with Guillain-Barré syndrome, an uncommon sickness of the nervous system.

ZIKV is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. In the Americas, it has only been linked to transmission by Aedes aegypti. Ae. aegypti is also responsible for the transmission of dengue virus, yellow fever virus,
and chikungunya virus. Recently in Africa, the virus was detected in Aedes albopictus, or the Asian tiger mosquito; hence, it is likely that Ae. albopictus could vector the virus in the Americas.

ZIKV virus is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes

SYMPTOMS OF ZIKA INFECTION

  • Typically, people with ZIKV infection begin showing symptoms with a mild headache.
  • Within a day or two, a maculopapular rash may appear and can cover many parts of the body (arms, hands, face, and chest).
  • Following the rash, people generally report continued fever, malaise, and body aches.
  • Other symptoms can include diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, and dizziness.

 TREATMENT OF ZIKA INFECTION

  • Treatment includes rest and the use of acetaminophen to relieve fever.
  • Patients should also be advised to drink plenty of fluids if diagnosed.
  • If anyone has recently traveled to a known endemic area and are displaying any of the symptoms of Zika infection, they should consult their physician immediately.

West Nile Virus Information:

Visit Idaho’s West Nile Virus website

Level 1: Remote Risk of Human Infections 

  • No positive surveillance indicators currently found in the county.
  • Mosquitoes are starting to emerge in the spring.

Level 2: Low Risk of Human Infections 

  • First evidence of virus activity has been detected in Bannock County or the neighboring counties. Non-human surveillance indicators (mosquitoes, birds, horses, etc.)

Level 3: Moderate to High Risk of Human Infections 

  • Increase in WNV-positive surveillance indicators in Bannock County.
  • Large or significant increase in Culex species mosquito populations.
  • Large of significant increase in the number of infected mosquito pools (i.e. rising minimum infection rates.
  • First human case detected in Bannock County or neighboring county.

Level 4: Human Infections In Progress 

  • Multiple human cases occurring in Bannock County and the surrounding counties suggesting an epidemic level activity.
  • Ongoing evidence of WNV in other surveillance indicators (birds, horses, mosquitoes, etc.).

Level 5: Human Infections In Decline

  • Late season, mosquito activity declining.
  • Rate of new human and animal case reports declining.

District Maps:

Maps of Fogging Routes, Larvicide Treatment Sites and Trap Locations in the Bannock County Mosquito Abatement District.


Fogging Routes

Larvicide Treatment Sites

Mosquito Trap Locations

Bannock County Map

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Helpful Information and Links

Mosquito Abatement District

1500 North Fort Hall Mine Road
Pocatello, Idaho 83204  (Map)
Office: 208-251-4011
Fax: 208-236-0609
Email

Bee Keepers

Call us at 208-236-7409 to notify us of active bee colonies.

If you are a bee keeper, but have not registered, you may wish to consider getting registered through the Idaho Dept. of Agriculture. This is available for any apiary, whether for business or for hobby, and may be beneficial. Click here for more information on the Idaho Dept. of Agriculture website.

Bannock County Courthouse

624 East Center
Pocatello, Idaho 83201

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