Fight the bite this summer with these simple tips
Summer is here, and that means mosquito populations are on the rise along with the risk of mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus (WNV). You can protect yourself from West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses by following some simple tips:
- Dress in long sleeves and pants
- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
- Use mosquito repellents containing DEET
- Limit outdoor activity around dawn and dusk, when mosquitos are most active
You can also help eliminate mosquito breeding habitats by draining standing water anywhere it collects on your property, such as gutters, flower pots, fountains/birdbaths, garbage cans and lids, tires, outdoor toys, and buckets.
The city’s mosquito management program aims to reduce populations and lower the risk of disease through reducing habitats, eliminating larvae, trapping and testing mosquitos and – if necessary – spraying for adult mosquitos. City contractor Vector Disease Control International (vdci.net/colorado) uses methods that maximize effectiveness without compromising the safety of residents, pets, or the environment.
While the emergence of Zika virus in recent years has renewed concerns about mosquito-borne disease, experts say Colorado’s climate makes it extremely unlikely that Zika could be contracted from mosquitos here. If you plan to visit an area where Zika is a risk, visit CDC.gov to learn more about the virus from the Centers for Disease Control.
The Tri-County Health Department provides additional information on protecting yourself from WNV and other mosquito-borne illnesses at FightTheBiteColorado.com.
If you have large numbers of mosquitos in your neighborhood, call the mosquito hotline!
Call 303-428-5908 to:
- Report mosquito complaints
- Request spray notifications
- Submit general program questions