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Windsor to begin Mosquito Management Program

Windsor to begin Mosquito Management Program

The town of Windsor will begin its annual Mosquito Management Program this week, and will start trapping mosquitoes through the end of the mosquito season, which is typically late August, according to a news release from the town of Windsor.

According to the release, Vector Disease Control International is set to begin field inspections this week. They will look for standing water or other aquatic habitats conducive to mosquito development. Those areas determined to be producing mosquito larvae or prime mosquito breeding grounds will be treated with a naturally occurring soil bacterial called Bti (VectoBac) and BVA mineral oil, according to the release.

"With our Mosquito Management Program, we look to prevent mosquito-borne disease, while at the same time we strive to protect the quality of natural life in Windsor," said Terry Walker, director of public works, in the release.

Traps will be set Wednesday nights, and if a trap is found to contain more than 100 mosquitoes in a single night, that area will be sprayed between 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m., according to the release.

A schedule of spray application areas can be found at http://www.vdci.net/colorado.

Community members who wish to be notified of spray applications can sign up for notifications at http://www.vdci.net/colorado or by phone at (970) 962-2582.

To help prevent mosquito development and bites, the town recommends residents follow these tips:

» Drain standing water around the house weekly, where mosquitoes lay eggs, such as tires, cans, flower pots, clogged rain gutters, toys and puddles.

» Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes 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. Lemon-eucalyptus oil and Picaridin are effective natural remedies recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

» Dress in long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk hours, or in areas where mosquitoes are active.

To report new areas of standing water or for any questions, call VDCI at (970) 962-2582.