News & Upcoming Events

09/09/2020

For Immediate Release:

The Franklin County Mosquito Control District has detected its first positive West Nile virus pool of mosquitoes in Franklin County Washington.  The mosquitoes tested were trapped in the Basin City area.  District staff are making every effort to protect the health and welfare of Franklin County residents against the spread of West Nile virus.

Please take precaution if you must be outside at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active, make sure to wear a long sleeve shirt and pants as well as a CDC approved mosquito repellent.  If there are questions or concern, please contact the District at (509) 545-4083.

02/12/20

Notice of Special Meeting
The Board of Franklin County Mosquito Control District will hold a special meeting at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 13th, 2020, at 2601 N. Capitol Ave. Pasco, Washington. For More information, download our meeting notice.

08/29/2019

First West Nile virus case of the year reported; take precautions during and after Labor Day weekend

OLYMPIA – A human case of West Nile virus (WNV) has been reported by Benton-Franklin Health District – the first case of WNV in Washington this year. Health officials advise people to take action to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes as WNV is currently circulating in several counties in Washington. In addition to the human case, who was likely exposed to mosquito bites in Franklin or Walla Walla County, WNV has been detected this summer in mosquitos from Benton, Grant, and Yakima counties. In past years, WNV has been detected across the state. In Washington, WNV season starts as early as July and can last until early October.

The majority of people infected with West Nile virus do not get sick. About one in five will develop a fever or other symptoms that go away without medical treatment. For a small number of people, West Nile disease can lead to permanent neurologic effects or death. People over age 60 and those with certain medical conditions are most at risk of severe disease.

Mosquitos are currently active in Washington, including WNV vector mosquitoes. A few simple actions can protect against mosquito bites.

Use an effective, EPA-registered insect repellent.

Cover up – wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors.

Avoid mosquito prime time. Many mosquitoes bite in the evening between dusk and dawn.

Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing during evening and morning hours.

Mosquito-proof your home by installing or repairing screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside. Reduce mosquito-breeding areas around your home by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.

08/22/2019

The Franklin County Mosquito Control District has collected mosquitoes positive for West Nile virus for the first time in 2019 in Franklin County. The mosquitoes were trapped in the drainage located in the Goose Hollow neighborhood off of Dent Rd. Due to the positive WNv detection the District will increase surveillance, larviciding and adulticiding measures in an attempt to suppress the mosquito population. These additional measures will be continued through the remainder of the mosquito season.

We advise all residents of Franklin County to take extra care to dump out any containers that hold water for more than five (5) days or call the District office (509) 545-4083 if the water cannot be drained, so a technician can survey for mosquito breeding activity.

Additional safety measures should be taken when in areas that mosquitoes are active, these include wearing long sleeve shirts, long pants and using mosquito repellent.

7/20/2019

Franklin County Mosquito Control District will be performing an aerial adulticide mission (weather permitting) in the Basin City area between the hours of 8:30pm-11:30pm.

9/7/2018

Franklin County Mosquito Control District will be performing aerial larviciding applications throughout Franklin County on the morning September 7th, 2018 (weather permitting). Areas to be covered will include: Basin City and surrounding areas, as well as Connell and surrounding areas.

08/23/2018

The Franklin County Mosquito Control District has collected mosquitoes positive for West Nile virus for the first time in 2018 in Franklin County. The mosquitoes were trapped approximately 1.5 miles Northwest of the City of Pasco in the Goose Hollow neighborhood. Due to the positive WNv detection the District has increased surveillance, larviciding and adulticiding measures in an attempt to depress the mosquito population. These additional measures will be continued through the remainder of the mosquito season.

We advise all residents of Franklin County to take extra care to dump out any containers that hold water for more than five (5) days or call the District office (509) 545-4083 if the water cannot be drained, so a technician can survey for mosquito breeding activity. Additional safety measures should be taken when in areas that mosquitoes are active, these include wearing long sleeve shirts, long pants and using mosquito repellent.

8/10/2018

Franklin County Mosquito Control District will be performing aerial larviciding applications throughout Franklin County on August 10th, 2018 (weather permitting). Areas to be covered include: City of Connell, Lamb Weston, and surrounding areas. Basin City and surrounding areas, Sagemoor Rd & Glade North Rd and surrounding areas.

8/14/2017

Franklin County Mosquito Control District will be performing aerial adulticiding in Franklin County on August 14, 2017 (weather permitting). Areas to be covered include: City of Connell & surrounding area, Krug Rd. & surrounding area, Scooteney Park/Coyan Rd. & surrounding area, Kohler Rd/Dent Rd. & surrounding area

08/05/2017

Due to limited visibility caused by smoke in the area the Franklin County Mosquito Control District was unable to complete it’s aerial adulticiding spray mission. The District will try to complete the mission 08/09/2017 if conditions improve.

8/2/2017

Franklin County Mosquito Control District will be performing aerial adulticiding in Franklin County on August 04, 2017 (weather permitting). Areas to be covered include: City of Connell & surrounding area, Krug Rd. & surrounding area, Scooteney Park/Coyan Rd. & surrounding area, Kohler Rd/Dent Rd. & surrounding area

08/02/2017

Franklin County Mosquito Control District will be performing aerial larvacidng in Franklin County on August 02, 2017. Areas to be covered will be in central and NW Franklin County.

07/10/2017

Franklin County Mosquito Control District will be performing aerial larvacidng in Franklin County on July 12, 2017. Areas to be covered include: Eltopia, Crestloch Road, Ringold Road, Langford Road, Scooteney Park, Camp Lakes, Sugar Ranch, SR 17, Hendricks Road

06/22/2017

Franklin County Mosquito Control District will be performing aerial larvacidng in N. Franklin County on June 22nd, 2017. The areas being flown are North of Basin City to Hendricks Road (Sugar Ranch)

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