It appears the city will have an active mosquito season, with large amounts of rainfall creating a haven for the pesky insects. As a part of its mosquito abatement program, Commerce City wants to remind residents that the best defense against mosquito bites is a good offense.
Residents can help control mosquitoes by removing, draining, or cleaning standing water that might collect in wading pools, tires, boats, clogged gutters or bird baths – areas ripe for breeding. Mosquitoes only need a few teaspoons of water to reproduce, so carefully inspecting your property is important.
Fight the Bite Colorado also recommends individuals deploy the following personal defenses:• Limit outdoor activity at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active• Use effective repellents such as ones with DEET (read instructions).• Wear long sleeves when outside during active hours.
While mosquito bites can increase concerns about West Nile Virus, since most mosquitoes are not infected, the odds of contracting the virus are low. Less than 1 percent of bites cause infection. If you experience flu-like systems three – 14 days after a mosquito bite, seek medical attention immediately. West Nile Virus can be severe and even fatal in rare cases.
Commerce City contracts with OtterTail Environmental Inc., to trap mosquitoes and monitor the potential for West Nile Virus through systems placed throughout the community. The traps are periodically analyzed to determine an appropriate treatment program that addresses mosquito nuisance and disease prevention.
Anyone with a treatment request or concern regarding mosquitoes is encouraged to call the city’s mosquito hotline - managed by Ottertail Environmental – at (303) 273-2878. Find more tips on how to protect you and your family at www.fightthebitecolorado.com.