BRIGHAM CITY — Authorities in Box Elder County detected West Nile virus in more places in the county this week, and they're expecting an increase in mosquito populations over the coming weeks due to recent rains.
Mosquito abatement officials detected the virus in four mosquito pools, including in northwest Perry, southwest Penrose, the Calls Fort Cemetery and 7600 West in Corinne, the Box Elder Mosquito Abatement District said Monday in a Facebook post. "Pools" refers to groups of mosquitoes.
West Nile virus was previously detected in mosquito pools in Thatcher, Brigham City, Willard Bay and South Willard. Though it has only been detected in eight places in the county, it is likely prevalent across the entire county, officials said.
The majority of the abatement district's efforts is to control mosquito larvae before they emerge out of water as adult mosquitoes. County residents are asked to do their part to control the population by making sure there is no standing water on their property for longer than a week.
"With the large amount of rain that Box Elder County has recently received, the Box Elder Mosquito Abatement District is expecting a large increase in the mosquito population over the next few weeks," the post said. "Please take precautions if you are outside for any activities during that time."
People are asked to find containers that could collect water and produce larvae around their homes and make sure they do not collect water.
The adult mosquito population is controlled with night fogging, the post said. People who notice an increase in mosquitoes and would like their area sprayed can call the abatement district at 435-723-3700.
People are advised to wear long sleeves and pants if they are outside after dusk to avoid mosquito bites. Mosquito repellents with DEET or picaridin are also recommended.
More information is available at facebook.com/Boxeldermosquitoabatementdistrict.