Longmont Public Works and Natural Resources will begin weekly mosquito trapping in select neighborhoods on Sunday.
“This trapping activity is looking for Culex mosquitoes that could potentially transmit the West Nile virus,” said public works spokeswoman Teresa Myers in a press release. She also stated that there will be no misting or spraying unless authorities in Larimer, Boulder or Weld counties discover more than 150 of the insects that all have the virus in a given area.
Myers also stated that the risk of West Nile virus was low, but encouraged residents to practice the “four D’s of prevention.” These prevention tips include using deet or an alternative insect repellent, putting on long sleeves and pants, avoiding outdoor activities from dusk to dawn, and draining standing water.
Myers wrote that the city and its contractor, Vector Disease Control, will notify local residents online at LongmontColorado.gov/westnile on Tuesdays if spraying is required. The notification will be posted 48 hours before the spraying, which will be on Thursdays if necessary.
Residents can request to be notified by phone or request that their property not be sprayed by calling Vector Disease Control International at 303-466-1892 or 877-276-4306, or by submitting an inquiry online at vdci.net.