Mission Statement:  To protect people and animals from mosquito borne diseases by controlling mosquito populations, educating the public, and identifying insects and associated transmitted diseases in Madison County. 

 

Jared Arnold, Supervisor

610 Airport Rd.

Rexburg, Idaho 83440

208-356-3139

 

Surveillance Program

 

The Mosquito Abatement District surveys residential, commercial, and government property in Madison County to monitor nuisance and disease-transmitting mosquitoes and will use several different techniques to control the mosquito population.  The district will trap the mosquitoes to identify mosquitoes and when necessary will use larvaciding and adulticiding to control the populations.   If you have standing water and or would like to have your property checked for mosquito infestation, please contact the Madison County Mosquito Abatement District at the number listed below.*

 

* Madison County Mosquito Abatement District assumes the rights to enter private property, monitor, and spray for uncontrolled mosquito populations unless otherwise notified.

 

Education & Prevention

 

Get Rid of All Standing Water

  • Throw away old tires in your yard—they easily collect water and are breeding ground for mosquitoes
  • Repair window and door screens if torn
  • Repair leaky faucets and sprinklers
  • Recycle old cans and bottles
  • Keep rain gutters free of debris to prevent clogging
  • Clean ponds and stock them with mosquito-eating fish
  • Clean bird baths and wading pools once a week
  • Keep storm drains clear of debris
  • Use insect repellents to avoid mosquito bites.  DEET, Picaridin, and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus are all EPA-approved repellents.  Follow label instructions carefully.
  • DEET is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics for children over 2 months of age.
  • Cover up when outside.  Put on long pants, long-sleeved shirts and socks from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active.  Cover up your baby, too.  Use mosquito netting over baby carriers and strollers.

 

If anything can hold water for more than a few days, it can breed mosquitoes!

 

West Nile Virus

 

West Nile virus is found in both temperate and tropical regions and poses a serious threat to human health.  It mainly infects birds, but it also infects humans, bats, cats, dogs, horses, chipmunks, squirrels, skunks, and domestic rabbits.  The virus is transmitted to humans through infected mosquitoes.

 

A majority of people infected with West Nile virus never develop symptoms; however, other effects of WNV include a mild fever syndrome called West Nile Fever and a neuroinvasive disease called West Nile meningitis or encephalitis.  Those with West Nile Fever will typically have a fever, headache, chills, diaphoresis (excessive sweating), weakness, and other flu-like symptoms.  Those infected with West Nile neuroinvasive disease may experience high fevers, neck stiffness, mental confusion, and severe headaches.  Hospitalization may be required and death may occur.

 

West Nile Facts

  • 18 reported cases of West Nile virus in Idaho for 2014                    
  • 0 reported cases of West Nile virus reported in Madison County for 2014
  • 0 fatalities resulting from West Nile virus in Idaho for 2014
  • 5 Encephalitis/Meningitis virus cases reported in Idaho for 2014
  • 2,122 total cases reported of West Nile virus in the U.S. for 2014
  • 85 total fatalities resulting from West Nile virus in the U.S for 2014 

 

CDC: West Nile Virus - Statistics

 

U.S. West Nile Virus Distribution Map

 

If you have questions about the Madison County Mosquito Abatement District, would like to know more, or would like assistance in controlling mosquito populations please contact us using the information listed below.
 

610 Airport Rd.

Rexburg, Idaho 83440

208-356-3139

Hours: 7:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

            Mon-Thurs. (Seasonally)

 

For a map of our location, click here: Madison County Weed & Mosquito Building