With the summer months come the mosquitos, and the West Nile Virus (WNV) is always a concern.
The number of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes, which carry the disease, will peak in the next couple of weeks, according to Sun Country Health Region medical health officer Dr. Shauna Hudson
“Although the risk for WNV has been low so far this summer, we are starting to see more of the mosquitoes that can transmit WNV in the mosquito traps in Sun Country, and we expect the Culex tarsalis mosquitoes will peak in the next couple of weeks,” she said in a press release. “This means the risk for West Nile Virus will continue to increase.”
She suggests that people should wear good insect repellent with DEET and to follow the directions on the product.
The mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active at dusk and dawn ,and in the early evening. They are especially active for two hours after sunset, she said.
The Culex tarsalis mosquitoes also like tall grasses and weeds, and lay eggs in standing water