West Nile is a serious, sometimes fatal, virus that has been found in Larimer County consistently over the past decade. The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes who bite infected birds and then spread that infection to humans and other animals.
There are no vaccines or treatments for the virus, so the best way to ensure safety is to prevent yourself from being bitten by mosquitoes.
If everyone takes preventative measures, the need for activating our control policies will be reduced.
The basics of West Nile prevention include:
- Drain or dump standing water
- Dress appropriately (long, loose-fitting clothing)
- Defend yourself with insect repellant
- Be aware at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active
Other preventative measures:
- Stay clear of long grasses, wetlands, shrubs and grassy shores
- Repair window and door screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home
- Trim bushes away from the ground to allow for air flow and reduction of dampness
- Leave dead birds where you find them and call 1.877.462.2911