WILLISTON, ND (KSFY) Mosquitoes are usually just irritating, but certain mosquitoes carry West Nile virus, which can be fatal.
Right now, lab tests in the western part of North Dakota show a plethora of mosquitoes carrying West Nile. Williams County Vector Control makes trap runs every morning to keep track of mosquito activity and the West Nile Carrier "Culex Tarsalis".
Williams County Vector Control Director Fran Bosch said last Friday that the Department of Health confirmed West Nile in tests Vector control was sent to them each week from both sides of the river in Williams and McKenzie counties.
This week, Monday and Wednesday, the Williston traps tested by Vector Control show that West Nile mosquitoes outnumber the rest.
"It's early enough in the year this virus starts to move for reinforcement, which means it's very possible that many people will get infected in the remaining time this summer no need to panic, it's a wake-up call that we need to be careful when we're out there, "said Bosch.
Bosch says, weather permitting, the Air Force will spray Wednesday night in Williston and Watford City, but if the planes are not in the Williston Vector Control will continue adult and soil treatments Wednesday, May 25 at Williston, Carolville, Ray and Grenora.
Bosch says, wear long sleeves if Outdoors, use mosquito repellent and avoid outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.