Information is being placed on this web page to educate the public about the efforts being made by the Bingham County to suppress the mosquito population and, thereby, attempt to reduce the West Nile Virus problem in Bingham County. Bingham County is actively engaged in assessing the mosquito and West Nile Virus situation and implementing an abatement plan. Ongoing assessment may result in changes being made tothe abatement plan. Information through this web site is also intended to educate the public regarding personal measures the public can take to protect against West Nile Virus and abatement measures that can be taken around homes and businesses.
On August 31, 2006, Bingham County received a written declaration of disaster from the State of Idaho. Therefore Bingham County will begin implementing its abatement measures as outlined in the abatement plan.
Idaho Department of Health & Welfare: FIGHT THE BITE!
Southeaster District Health Department
Centers for Disease Control - West Nile Virus
The formal abatement plan can be viewed by clicking this link. There are four primary items to the current plan that is being developed. The primary components of the abatement plan are public education, application of an adulticide through aerial spraying and fogging, and application of a larvicide in targeted bodies of water.
The education component of the plan involves educating the public on how to reduce their risk of becoming infected by West Nile Virus and what measure they can take to combat mosquito breeding. There is information provided through the link located below.
An adulticide is a chemical agent intended to kill mosquitoes in the adult (flying) stage. Application of an adulticide will necessarily involve the introduction of chemical agents into the air. A larvicide refers to a chemical agent intended to kill mosquitoes in the larval stage. Mosquito larvae are immature mosquitoes that live in water before maturing into flying adults. Application of a larvicide involves the introduction of chemical agents to those bodies of water that are likely breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
For more information on aerial application, fogging, pellet and briquette applications, and public education, please use the links below. You will be redirected to a separate page addressing the corresponding topic.
AERIAL APPLICATION - Click this link to find out more information about the aerial spraying application.
FOGGING APPLICATION - Click this link to find out more information about the fogging application.
WATER APPLICATION - Click this link to find out more information about water-based application of larvicide.
WHAT THE PUBLIC CAN DO - Click this link to find out more information about mosquitoes, West Nile Virus, and what the public can do to protect themselves from becoming infected with West Nile Virus, how to protect their animals from the virus, and what the public can do to combat mosquito breeding.
Recommended pesticides, Altosid and Cy-KickCS, are available at the BinghamCooperative located at 477 W Hwy 26, Blackfoot, Idaho.
Bingham County will begin reviewing and revising its abatement plan for 2007 as soon as the 2006 measures have been completed.
Bingham County Resolution 2006-20 This resolution was passed on August 24, 2006, and declares a state of disaster/emergency in Bingham County with relation to mosquitoes and West Nile virus.
Governor's Proclamation of Disaster
Governor's Implementation Memorandum