KAYSVILLE — If you thought those pesky mosquitoes seemed to hang around a little longer than usual this year—you weren’t mistaken.
Blame Mother Nature, who provided Utah with a wetter and warmer October than the norm.
That not withstanding, officials at the Davis County Mosquito Abatement District fought the good fight again this summer and fall, helping other districts keep Utah well below both regional and national averages for reported bites and infections.
Gary Hatch, the district director, reported to the Bountiful City Council on Nov. 25, stating that close to 160,000 mosquitoes and 2,011 mosquito pools were tested in the county this year.
Of those insects tested, 28 were found positive for West Nile virus. District officials also tested 11 chicken flocks, with one chicken found to be infected.
“There was a huge increase in calls (about mosquitoes) in October,” he said. “We had a total of 1,220 spray requests this season, and more of them than usual for that late in the fall. It really was due to all the rain we had, and the warmer temperatures.”
Hatch told the council that Utah has the most mosquito abatement districts of any state west of the Mississippi other than California.
Not coincidentally, Utah ranked lower than any western state with regards to reported West Nile virus cases or other mosquito problem calls.