“The mosquitos that carry West Nile Virus breed in catch basins”.
“Today’s findings serve as a caution as we enter into a holiday weekend that will likely include picnics, fireworks viewing, and other activities that extended time outdoors in the evening hours”, the release said.
Because of Colorado’s wet spring, the mosquito population is expected to surge.
That surveillance, she said, is how fogging (or spraying) decisions are made.
Mosquito traps that use propane to generate carbon dioxide and attractants such as octenol to draw and capture mosquitoes are available. A network of 42 traps has been placed in Loveland this year. “Larval control activities will continue throughout the summer”.
The study looked at leaf litter found in standing water from different types of plants.
“We haven’t been able to spray for the last week, almost”, said Matt Work, environmental health chief for Richland Public Health.
The bike paths in town should also be treated with care because that is where most mosquito-bird interaction takes place, Inman said.
“There’s just a lot of standing water around the Boyd Lake area”, Boze said. Standing water in low-lying areas are the flawless conditions for breeding mosquitoes. Most people with the virus have no symptoms, but an estimated two people out of ten infected with the virus will have symptoms 3-14 days after the mosquito bite. But so far health officials have not seen anyone infected. Some will develop fevers, headaches, body aches, vomiting, fatigue and weakness.
“I’d recommend hand foggers that you can get at most hardware stores”, he said.
“Unfortunately, we don’t have a specific anti-viral medicine that treats the virus itself”, Beckham said. The infected adult was hospitalized and is reported to be recovering.
He said there were some pockets that have been harder hit because they are seeing a more aggressive species of mosquito. But others can’t survive the infection and fatalities occur when the virus gets into the brain and nervous system. Statewide previous year, 49 of the state’s 102 counties had positive WNV cases involving humans, birds, mosquitoes or horses.
Superintendent of Parks John Howe stated at Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting that he believes this method is the best way to prevent the spread of mosquitoes – and West Nile Virus.