Utah prepares for late arriving mosquito season
(KUTV) - A little late because of the cool weather but it's here in Utah, mosquito season.
"I am just basically looking to see if I can find mosquito larvae."
Looking for the mosquito larvae in the wetlands near the airport, Jason Hardman, an Operations Supervisor with the Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement Team said this year mosquito season was late arriving, but the first week of June, and the hot temperatures that's about to change.
"Now you can see this week 90 degree all week long, things are going to get really busy," he said.
With the Oquirrh’s to the west and the Wasatch Front the east, Dr. Ary Faraji, The Executive Director for the Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District said the water gets stuck.
"All that snow melt that's coming off the mountains is trying to make its way to the Great Salt Lake. “It's impounded out in this northwest quadrant where we have duck clubs, and farms, and wetland habitats, that are constantly producing mosquitos," he said.
Once they identify the type of mosquito, then they will spray the area. "We have a variety of different traps strategically located throughout our jurisdiction," Dr. Faraji said.
If they didn't do this, "The entire city would be inundated by mosquitoes. The main reason why we exist is to prevent the dispersal of the migration of mosquitoes that are coming off the wetland habitats," Dr. Faraji said.
The abatement teams are asking residents to get rid of any standing water around their homes.
“We urge our residents to protect themselves, if there is any habitat in their backyard such as an abandoned swimming pool or pond, that may be producing mosquitoes please give us all call and we will happy to come out and inspect and treat that,” Dr. Faraji said.
During dawn and dusk hours, Dr. Faraji said to make sure to wear long sleeve clothing and/or use EPA or CDC certified repellant. “West Nile virus is now endemic in area it's not going to go away. Last year there were over 60 human cases in our state alone.”
They have more tips and information on their website.