Spokane County bracing for more mosquitoes - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane County bracing for more mosquitoes

Posted: Updated:
- Spokane County officials are preparing for an elevated number of mosquitoes in the area. - Spokane County officials are preparing for an elevated number of mosquitoes in the area.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane County officials are preparing for an elevated number of mosquitoes in the area.

Standing water after this week’s rain can act as a breeding ground as temperatures warm up again.

Some Washington and Idaho cities spray insecticides in the air with fog trucks or stock ponds with fish to keep the bugs at bay.

Over in Omak, city leaders said there has not been enough money to spray for mosquitoes the past three years. Residents feel the problem is out of control.

Spokane County does not have an office specifically assigned to mosquito control. The county relies heavily on ‘do-it-yourself’ pest control methods, including emptying water from containers like bird baths, pet food bowls, and flower pots at least once a week. 

"We know that there's going to be mosquitoes we know they are going to be a nuisance,” said Kim Papich with the Spokane Regional Health District. “But we also know we don't have a lot of disease associated with disease in our area."


Mosquitoes typically just cause red bumps and itching but mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus are always a dangerous concern. The disease spreads more quickly in warmer weather.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Well-known dine and dasher targets Spokane restaurants

    Well-known dine and dasher targets Spokane restaurants

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 2:47 AM EDT2017-08-23 06:47:47 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane restaurant owners say they're frustrated that a well-known dine and dasher who was arrested earlier this year for the same thing is once again back at it. Jason Ferraro, the owner of Ferraro's on north Division, says his restaurant was the latest victim in a string of eat and runs. Last week he says a woman came into his restaurant and took off without paying.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane restaurant owners say they're frustrated that a well-known dine and dasher who was arrested earlier this year for the same thing is once again back at it. Jason Ferraro, the owner of Ferraro's on north Division, says his restaurant was the latest victim in a string of eat and runs. Last week he says a woman came into his restaurant and took off without paying.

    >>
  • Boy suffocated by weighted mattress on crib to stop escapes

    Boy suffocated by weighted mattress on crib to stop escapes

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 10:21 AM EDT2017-08-23 14:21:41 GMT

    MYERSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania couple accused of tying and weighting down a mattress on top of their toddler son's crib so he couldn't climb out have been charged in his suffocation death. WGAL-TV reports 29-year-old Justin Dwyer and 28-year-old Courtney Stash were charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter and other crimes in the April death of their 2-year-old son.

    >>

    MYERSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania couple accused of tying and weighting down a mattress on top of their toddler son's crib so he couldn't climb out have been charged in his suffocation death. WGAL-TV reports 29-year-old Justin Dwyer and 28-year-old Courtney Stash were charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter and other crimes in the April death of their 2-year-old son.

    >>
  • Rejected panhandler attacks Spokane woman's car with hammer

    Rejected panhandler attacks Spokane woman's car with hammer

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 8:56 PM EDT2017-08-23 00:56:03 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A woman said her car sustained about $1,000 worth of damage from a hammer Monday night. Court documents identify the aggressor as a man she rejected as he was panhandling. It happened outside a Shadle grocery store. The victim said the whole thing was bizarre. "There was someone just right outside the door asking for spare change," Jennifer Semenza said. "I simply said nope."

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A woman said her car sustained about $1,000 worth of damage from a hammer Monday night. Court documents identify the aggressor as a man she rejected as he was panhandling. It happened outside a Shadle grocery store. The victim said the whole thing was bizarre. "There was someone just right outside the door asking for spare change," Jennifer Semenza said. "I simply said nope."

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Alaska troopers use battering ram to arrest Idaho fugitive

    Alaska troopers use battering ram to arrest Idaho fugitive

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 3:02 PM EDT2017-08-23 19:02:33 GMT
    Alaska troopers use battering ram to arrest Idaho fugitiveAlaska troopers use battering ram to arrest Idaho fugitive

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Alaska State Troopers used a battering ram mounted on an armored vehicle to break into a Fairbanks home and arrest a man wanted in Idaho. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the tactical vehicle took out the front door and several trees in front of the house. A police dog eventually found 41-year-old Kelo Smoke hiding in a crawl space under bats of insulation. Troopers went to Smoke's home Tuesday as 

    >>

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Alaska State Troopers used a battering ram mounted on an armored vehicle to break into a Fairbanks home and arrest a man wanted in Idaho. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the tactical vehicle took out the front door and several trees in front of the house. A police dog eventually found 41-year-old Kelo Smoke hiding in a crawl space under bats of insulation. Troopers went to Smoke's home Tuesday as 

    >>
  • Man arrested for indecent exposure spits in deputy's face

    Man arrested for indecent exposure spits in deputy's face

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 2:46 PM EDT2017-08-23 18:46:46 GMT
    Man arrested for indecent exposure spits in deputy's faceMan arrested for indecent exposure spits in deputy's face

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - On  the morning of August 19, Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the area of Mansfield and Mirabeau Parkway to investigate a report of a male exposing himself to a female while masturbating in front of her.  The woman told deputies that she was walking her dog when she heard a noise.  She noticed a bald male with a large build and only wearing a pair of shorts standing by a tree staring at her.  As she moved 

    >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - On  the morning of August 19, Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the area of Mansfield and Mirabeau Parkway to investigate a report of a male exposing himself to a female while masturbating in front of her.  The woman told deputies that she was walking her dog when she heard a noise.  She noticed a bald male with a large build and only wearing a pair of shorts standing by a tree staring at her.  As she moved 

    >>
  • Washington state woman killed in E. Idaho sand dunes crash

    Washington state woman killed in E. Idaho sand dunes crash

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 2:31 PM EDT2017-08-23 18:31:51 GMT
    visitidaho.orgvisitidaho.org

    ST. ANTHONY, Idaho (AP) - A 58-year-old Washington state woman died and a 67-year-old Washington state man was injured when their utility-terrain vehicle rolled over at the St. Anthony Sand Dunes in eastern Idaho. Authorities say Kimberly Bailey died in the crash on Monday and Allen Connelly sustained injuries after both were thrown from the vehicle during the rollover. Both are from Vancouver, Washington. Fremont County Sheriff 

    >>

    ST. ANTHONY, Idaho (AP) - A 58-year-old Washington state woman died and a 67-year-old Washington state man was injured when their utility-terrain vehicle rolled over at the St. Anthony Sand Dunes in eastern Idaho. Authorities say Kimberly Bailey died in the crash on Monday and Allen Connelly sustained injuries after both were thrown from the vehicle during the rollover. Both are from Vancouver, Washington. Fremont County Sheriff 

    >>