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Vector control district tackles mosquito challenge

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

VALE – Gary Page cast a wary eye to the sky one day last week.

As a thunderstorm built up on the horizon, Page realized his district’s regular mosquito spraying operation was going to be delayed.

That was good news for the tiny pests that inhabit the county but bad news for Page, the county Vector Control District manager.

That’s because Page knows that this year Culex mosquitoes already have a head start on their human hosts.

Culex is a genus of mosquitoes that is common locally.

“The mosquito numbers can build up fairly quickly. We were pretty low until last week,” said Page.

Adding to the urgency this year was the news last week that mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus were found in Idaho’s Payette County.

Page said so far no mosquitoes trapped in Malheur County tested positive for . . .