TWIN FALLS -- Officials say southern Idaho's dry spring means mosquito populations aren't expected to thrive this summer. But that doesn't mean it's safe to skip the bug spray.
Kirk Tubbs, manager of the Twin Falls County Pest Abatement District, told The Times-News that fewer puddles and other sources of water means that pests and birds will flock to the same water sources. This creates a higher chance of a West Nile virus-infected bird to pass the disease on to mosquitoes.
Tubbs says that means the threat to humans is increased as well. Workers from the pest abatement district have been testing for West Nile virus for the past few weeks. They haven't found any cases yet, and will continue to test throughout the summer.