LOCAL NEWS

Officials combat mosquito populations with technology

Jul 21, 2022, 6:35 PM | Updated: Jul 26, 2022, 2:43 pm

DAVIS COUNTY, Utah — While we are in the middle of a drought, there is still a lot of water in the wetlands, and the sustained heat appears to be bringing out the mosquitoes in large numbers.

“Our mosquito numbers are pretty high with this temperature. We’re reaching our peak of the season,” said Gary Hatch, director of the Davis Mosquito Abatement District.

Abatement crews are taking a number of approaches to try and get those populations down, like turning to technology.

A drone is used to spray the marshy area where mosquitos like to repopulate in.

“It heightens our control levels; how we do extra spraying in those areas, trying to knock the adult population down,” Hatch explains.

This control effort comes after a mosquito pool in the area was found with the West Nile virus at the beginning of the week.

West Nile virus detected in Davis County

Meanwhile, back at the office, crews prepare traps in the marsh to kill and trap possible infected mosquitos.

“Having a positive test this early typically means that it’s going to be really busy, especially with the heat we’re experiencing,” Hatch said.

But the constaint heat might lead to more spread of the virus.

“The heat makes the virus replicate in the mosquitoes quicker, and so, therefore, when it takes a blood meal from a bird, that virus starts to grow and multiply in the mosquito,” he explains.

And as workers continue to control the spread and test for the disease, Hatch tells locals to protect themselves.

“Put some repellant on, wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants if you can. Remove the standing water from around your house.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

Homeowner Mark Shea tells KSL’s Matt Gephardt he paid someone to build a deck who abandoned the j...

Matt Gephardt

Get Gephardt: Homeowners ask why authorities can’t shut down an unlicensed contractor

Two Salt Lake County homeowners hired and paid someone to build decks for their homes but say he left the jobs unfinished. Turns out, he’s been cited by the state for not having a contractor’s license before.

5 hours ago

Tony Arriaga, owner of Beehive Gloves, creating and relacing baseball gloves at his work desk....

Brianna Chavez

West Valley City business asking for used gloves to repurpose and donate

A West Valley City business is hoping to give back to the community by giving new life to old baseball and softball gloves.

5 hours ago

Jodi Hildebrandt and Ruby Franke on an advertisement for the ConneXions program....

Shelby Lofton

Life coaching regulations under consideration following Hildebrandt case

A bill regulating life coaching programs in Utah is on hold to give the Utah Division of Professional Licensing more time to study the profession.

6 hours ago

CORRECTS SENTENCE TO UP TO 30 YEARS, NOT 60 YEARS - Defendant Ruby Franke looks on during court Tue...

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com

Ruby Franke’s parents, brother say Franke was brainwashed

Ruby Franke's parents asked a judge to show "as much mercy" as possible ahead of her sentencing this week for child abuse, saying their daughter had been brainwashed.

7 hours ago

Senate President Stuart Adams, R-Layton, and Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, react to a reporter’s qu...

Daniella Rivera and Annie Knox, KSL TV

‘More secrecy’: Utah lawmakers advance bills targeting government transparency

Several bills would chip away at government transparency in Utah, including one proposal that’s a direct response to KSL’s fight for public records. A First Amendment attorney says he’s alarmed.

7 hours ago

The scene of the fatal crash near 12300 S. State Street....

Michael Houck

Driver dead after experiencing a medical emergency, Draper police say

A person has died after experiencing a medical issue while driving Thursday night in Draper.

7 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Officials combat mosquito populations with technology