BOUNTIFUL, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Mosquitoes are already out and biting. The problem might seem a little early this year and it is. Thanks to a mild winter and a hot spring, Utah is seeing a mosquito problem three weeks earlier than normal.
When it comes to mosquitoes in Utah, it's a very serious business. Abatement teams work across the state trying to kill the problem, before it becomes one. But this year, they are seeing more problems than ever.
Gary Hatch, Davis County Mosquito Abatement Manager, told ABC4; "This year we are higher than we should be this time of year."
Abatement teams have been spraying neighborhoods and marshes, but West Nile positive larvae were found in water samples at the first of April. That is the earliest in Davis County in 18 years.
Hatch said, "West Nile is a very big concern this year, just because of the number of mosquitoes that carry West Nile, the numbers we are seeing are very high already"
While abatement teams are doing their job to keep the mosquito numbers down, we all can fight the bite.
At your home get rid of standing water. It is just a magnet for mosquitoes. If the problem at your home becomes pretty serious, you can also call your county's abatement team to help you out. The best defense is to wear bug spray, make sure it has Deet in it. That will help kill mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus.