Bismarck Public Health Departments implement mosquito control program

BISMARCK, N.D. - Wednesday is the first full day of summer. And, with the nice weather, mosquitoes are out looking for their next prey. Some of those pesky bugs may even be carrying the West Nile Virus, but the city of Bismarck is trying to keep the mosquito population down.

Bismarck's Public Health Departments mosquito control program is already underway.

Weather permitting, the department fogs or sprays public areas and sets up 'traps' for them.

"We're doing this to protect the public, to safeguard the public in particular against mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus. There's one particular mosquito in these parts that's known for carrying West Nile, and that's the Culex Tarsalis," says Anton Sattler.
So far this season outdoor enthusiasts are reporting less bites.
"Personally I haven't noticed, I usually stay pretty active though. Softball diamonds are okay, sometimes after it rains you'll notice an influx, but other than that, I don't think it's been too bad," says Bradly Gulbarson, Bismarck Resident.

Sattler says you should protect yourself during sunrise and sunset, which are the most active time mosquitoes are out.

"If you do go out and about during those times, wear long sleeves, long pants type of clothing. Wear insect repellent," said Sattler.

Although the mosquito population is down, the possibility for getting the West Nile Virus is still there.

So far, there have been no reports of the virus in the state.