FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Larimer County Department of Health plans to spray for mosquitoes inside the Fort Collins city limits and in an area of unincorporated Larimer County.
The spraying is scheduled for Friday evening and Monday evening between sunset and midnight.
Mosquitos with the West Nile Virus have been found in Fort Collins and Loveland.
"The area where the spraying will take place is not only is at high risk now, but it also had the highest rate of WNV disease in the city last year," said Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, director of the Health Department. "The city’s criteria for their West Nile Management Program will not allow them to spray this area until multiple human cases are reported in the same week, but to be effective, spraying needs to occur when mosquito infection rates are high, not when case reports come in weeks later."
Officials said the area to be sprayed is bordered by Harmony Road on the north, Carpenter on the south, Lemay, on the west and I-25 on the east.
The Health Department said it will pay for the spraying out of the department’s public health emergency funds.
-- West Nile Virus reports across Colorado --
Infected mosquitos have also been found this summer in Jefferson, Adams, Boulder, Weld, Delta and Mesa counties.
Humans cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Boulder, Arapaho, Pueblo, Saguache and Mesa counties, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
West Nile Virus is carried by infected birds and transmitted to people by bites from female Culex mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds.
To reduce your risk, remember the 4 D's:
- Drain standing water in your yard weekly, since that’s where mosquitoes lay eggs. Drain tires, cans, flower pots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys and puddles.
- Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active, so limit outdoor activities or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
- DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents. Always follow label instructions carefully.
- Dress in long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk or when in areas where mosquitoes are active.
Last year, Colorado reported 322 cases of West Nile virus disease, and seven people died.