The Grand County Council approved expending more than $80,000 in unfunded emergency revenue to address one of the worst mosquito seasons in recent memory when members met Tuesday, July 16.
Officials had predicted that it was only a matter of time. Mosquitoes trapped locally and tested at the Utah Public Health Lab on July 11 returned positive for West Nile virus after they were collected July 2 at the Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve, according to Grand County Clerk-Auditor Chris Baird.
A public confused over who oversees the Moab Mosquito Abatement District – is it the city or the county? – can be forgiven. They are not alone.
Moab Mosquito Abatement District Manager Libby Nance said employees fogged the sloughs on the western boundary of Fifth West and nearby neighborhoods Friday through Sunday and again on Wednesday night. After trapping Monday, Nance said the mosquito population has decreased sevenfold.
The Moab Mosquito Abatement District announced Wednesday, July 3, that they hope to fog the eastern side of the sloughs sometimes this week. “This is not a guranteed event,” said Manager Libby Nance, “as the old fogger could break down again.”
The Moab Mosquito Abatement District board announced it will not do any more fogging to eradicate the plague of aggressive nuisance mosquitoes that have descended on Grand County in June and continues to vex residents and tourists alike.