Tulsa County begins testing mosquitoes

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Updated: 6/10/2013 1:13 pm Published: 6/10/2013 1:13 pm

The Tulsa Health Department collected mosquitoes from all over the county on Monday to test them for traces of West Nile virus.

They collected about 35 traps, including one from the 61st Street and MingoStreet.

A Health Department supervisor found about 20 mosquitoes caught in a trap, set back in the woods.

Bernard Dindy Sr., a supervisor of Environmental Services, collects samples from some of the 75 mosquito traps in Tulsa County.

"Water, hay in there to infuse the water, because most mosquitoes like dirty stagnant water," he said.

Monday was the second time the Tulsa County Health Department crews collected samples this season.

"We tested 70 pools so far and they have all been negative for West Nile," he said.

So far the mosquito count has been low, but Dindy said it's only a matter a time before one tests positive.

"We haven't gone a summer yet since we started testing, without a mosquito testing positive for West Nile," said Dindy.

When that happens crews will start spraying all over the county.
For now, Dindy takes the old trap and replaces it with a new one.

"We reset the trap and then we will come out next week and pull it and go through the process all over again," he said.

The samples collected Monday will be tested at the end of the week.

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