All the recent rain in the Treasure Valley has created pools of standing water which makes prime breeding habitat for mosquitoes.

Ada County mosquito abatement experts say the best thing to do with that standing water is to get rid of it as quickly as possible. With temperatures expected to climb into the 80’s in SW Idaho, it spells the potential for prime mosquito habitat.

In 2006, Idaho led the nation in the number of cases of West Nile, and the number of deaths. More than 1,000 cases of West Nile were confirmed in Idaho, causing the deaths of 23 people statewide.

Both Ada and Canyon counties have started mosquito surveillance programs and report low numbers of the culex species so far.