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Mosquito count almost triples in Greeley, West Nile threat remains low

Kelly Ragan
kragan@greeleytribune.com

Mosquito counts have nearly tripled in Greeley in the past week.

Mosquito counts have nearly tripled since last week, according to a city of Greeley news release.

The increase is likely due to the moisture three weeks ago. So far the population of Culex mosquitoes, the kind that carries West Nile, remains low.

Colorado Mosquito Control, a contractor for the city of Greeley, does weekly traps and monitors adult mosquitoes at 14 locations.

The company also treats city-owned bodies of water every year, beginning May 1 every year. The goal is to kill mosquitoes before they hatch, which, according to the release, is the most effective way to reduce the mosquito population.

Colorado Mosquito Control will continue to spray on a weekly basis, as needed, until fall when the temperatures drop.

Eric Aakko, spokesman for the Weld County Health Department, wrote in an email that West Nile testing zones in Weld County have come up negative.

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The first human cases typically show up around early to mid July, he wrote.

Residents can prevent their homes from becoming breeding grounds for mosquitoes by eliminating standing water on their property.

To reduce the chance of getting West Nile, residents should use repellent containing DEET, according to the news release. They should also wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, socks and shoes when outside around dawn and dusk, as that's when mosquitoes are most active.

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To report mosquito issues, call the city’s mosquito contractor at (303) 428-5908. For more information on to protecting yourself from mosquitoes, go to http://greeleygov.com/mosquitoes.

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