Controlling mosquitoes is necessary to avoid nuisance biting and prevent the spread of disease, including West Nile Virus and mosquito-borne encephalitis.
The city contracts with Colorado Mosquito Control (CMC) to help control the mosquito population. CMC has been actively monitoring and treating all known areas containing standing water for mosquito larvae. CMC and the Tri-County Health Department monitor traps in the city to determine what mosquito species are present and when to spray for adults.
Ways residents can help reduce the risk of mosquito bites and their associated hazards:
• Spray insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin and clothing when you go outdoors. Don't spray repellent on skin under clothing.
• Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants while outdoors
• Be extra vigilant around dawn and dusk. This is when mosquitoes are particularly active.
• Keep mosquitoes outside your home by keeping screens or windows shut.
• Drain standing water around your home, which is where mosquitoes lay their eggs.