DAVIS COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – The heavy rains did a lot of good to the state, but it also did a lot of good for our blood sucking friends: the mosquito. Now, they’re taking advantage of the extra water and making their presence known in large numbers.
Too often we don’t realize they’re there until they strike and this year a lot of residents in David County have been feeling the itch.
“Right now we’re receiving 20-30 calls a day the last week and a half. For the month of May we’ve had over 300 calls which for May is a very large number. We’ve never received that many calls before,” said Gary Hatch, Manager for the Davis County Mosquito Abatement.
Davis County Mosquito Abatement has noticed a heavier number of mosquitoes from West Kaysville-Layton to Farmington and the Syracuse-Clinton area. And we can thank the heavy rains in May.
“Small rains are great but the big rains are what cause a lot of problems for us,” added Hatch.
Gary Hatch and his team have noticed an increase in the flood water mosquito, though this type of mosquito is unlikely to carry diseases, it can bite pretty hard.
To service the high volume of calls coming into the mosquito abatement they have been working around the clock, setting up traps and using all their resources to combat the mosquito when residents call about a problem. However, they have also suffered a few setbacks when it comes to testing mosquitoes for diseases.
The state lab the Davis County Mosquito Abatement has heavily relied on to perform the testing on mosquitoes for diseases such as West Nile has succumbed to federal budget cuts over the years. Because of this, they’ve had to shift a lot of their budget towards performing their own testing for these diseases.
“the federal funds have been getting cut every year and are finally getting to the point where we have to start paying for the testing,” said Hatch.
While the cuts may affect early testing, they’ve been preparing for type of situation and say it won’t affect their resources or their ability to combat or follow-up on complaints.
Although early testing for diseases won’t happen this year, they plan to begin testing mosquitoes in July.