EAGLE, Idaho -- Ada County mosquito abatement officials are seeing a population boom of mosquitoes in Eagle.
In fact, they're reporting records -- nearly triple the normal amount.
The bad news is there are a lot of the bugs hovering around the area due to the wet and hot weather.
The good news is officials are seeing lower amounts of the type of mosquito that carries the West Nile virus.
"We have a good plan. We're very focused in what we're doing. We have a lot of reconnaissance, we have a lot of data," said Brian Wilbur of the Ada County Mosquito Abatement.
Brian Wilbur plans to dispatch his mosquito abatement army to fight mosquitoes.
The battlefield: an 11-square mile area of mostly Eagle.
And the weapon: machines that produce a foggy mist of insecticide that kill pesky reproducing adults.
A lot of moisture and heat make for a mosquito paradise but add the Boise River and nearby pastures in Eagle, and you get much more of the troublesome insect.
"These species of mosquitoes actually lay their eggs out in the dry ground and then they just sit there and wait until flood water or irrigation water comes along and when that hits them, they hatch out very quickly," said Jack Bennett of the Ada County Mosquito Abatement.
When the sun goes down, the mosquitoes come out -- especially at Bardenay in Eagle, where the restaurant manager is forced to shut the patio down early.
We supply tables with bug spray, the staff douse themselves every night, but I don't know much more you can do other than that," said Bardenay general manager Stacey Gray.
She could barely get through the interview.
"Including getting bit right now, ya, it's difficult," said Gray.
It's difficult for those who live in the area too.
They report seeing more of the bug, and unfortunately more bites.
"We went out to our yard to do some sprinkler repairs, and boy, after about half hour, I was just bitten by mosquitoes," said Meridian resident Fernando Veloz.
"In the evening it is difficult, because they kind of swarm and you see them kind of flying around," said Eagle resident Steve Labu. "On these hot days we kind of try to stay inside anyways."
The mosquito abatement crew is scheduled to go out Tuesday evening to spray insecticide in that section of Eagle.
They ask the public report back to them on whether they see a reduction in mosquitoes, so they can adjust their plan if it is not working.
You can find that website here: http://www.adaweb.net/weedpestandmosquito/mosquitoabatement.aspx
Some tips to protect yourself from the biting bug include:
- Use an EPA-registered insect repellent, or for a more organic option try Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
- Wear long sleeves and pants from dusk to dawn.
- Drain standing water.
- Avoid over-watering your lawn.