Spraying of mosquitoes with the West Nile virus planned in the southeast of Fort Collins
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The city plans to spray for mosquitoes in southeast Fort Collins this week and this weekend to protect itself from the West Nile virus.
Larimer County’s Department of Health and Environment recommended the city’s spray due to the high levels of West Nile-infected mosquitoes caught last week, the city said Tuesday.
Truck-based fogging is conducted Thursday and Sunday, weather permitting, in areas generally bordering College Avenue and Horsetooth, Ziegler, and Kechter Streets. Part of this area was also sprayed with mosquito repellants in August.
For a detailed map of the splash area, visit fcgov.com/westnile. In addition, the fog vehicles are equipped with GPS and the residents can follow their path online.
If conditions permit, both areas will be sprayed both nights between 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.
Vector Disease Control International is hired by Fort Collins to carry out the spray and will use a permethrin-based product in the spray, according to the city.
To minimize pesticide exposure, the city recommends residents:
- Stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed for 30 minutes to an hour after the spraying stops
- Bring pets indoors
- Cover organic gardens, ponds and water features with a tarpaulin or tarpaulin
In addition to a press release, the city has issued an emergency alert to alert residents of the week’s spraying. To sign up to be notified of future mosquito spraying, visit fcgov.com/westnile/spraying or nocoalert.org.
The second day of mosquito spraying in northeast Fort Collins will not be postponed
In addition to the spraying in southeast Fort Collins last month, there was a night of spraying in northeast Fort Collins on August 29th. The mosquito spraying in this area was originally scheduled for August 26th and 29th Spraying on August 29th due to weather conditions on August 26th. The city rescheduled the second day of spraying to September 1, but the spraying was not performed that night due to weather conditions.
City spokeswoman Amy Resseguie told the Coloradoan that the latest mosquito trap data for the area “showed sufficient decline” that the county health department no longer recommended spraying for northeast Fort Collins.
“That could change if new weekly dates come in during the season – if so we will provide new notifications,” said Resseguie in an email.
Prior to this year, Fort Collins last sprayed for mosquitoes in the north and center of Fort Collins in September 2019, Resseguie said earlier.
Track the mosquito spray trucks
At www.fcgov.com/westnile you can track the fog vehicles equipped with GPS tracking devices, see where infected mosquitoes have been caught and view a detailed map of the spray area.
Protect yourself against the West Nile virus with the four D’s:
Drain: Mosquitoes breed in the water. Drain standing water in your yard every week. Bird baths, clogged gutters, and children’s pools are common breeding grounds.
A dress: Wear light, long-sleeved shirts and long pants outdoors. Spray clothing with insect repellent as mosquitoes can pierce clothing.
Defend: Apply insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin. Use an approved repellant as per the label. Find the repellent that’s right for you.
Dawn / dusk: Limit the amount of time you spend outdoors from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are most active and eat the most.
Note: The third D used to stand for “Deet,” but the city changed it due to existing effective repellants that do not contain Deet.
Source: City of Fort Collins
Earlier coverage of the Coloradoan Newsroom, including reporters Sady Swanson and Miles Blumhardt, contributed to this report.
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