Crews are out! treating sewer lagoons & storm drains and checking 'standing waters' throughout the District.
Hello District Resident,
This is a reminder from your Durango-based Special District, Animas Mosquito Control (AMCD), that our spring mosquito abatement activities have begun. AMCD is a public health service under the Special District Laws of the State of Colorado Revised Statutes, C.R.S. Title 35 Article 5, and as such is obligated to perform a variety of mosquito abatement activities to protect the health and comfort of the people, pets, livestock and wildlife in our District from mosquitoes that can carry and transmit diseases, such as; West Nile Virus, Dog Heart Worm, Zika Virus, Encephalitis, Dengue, etc. Because mosquitoes respect no boundaries, this activity requires that we access private lands. We will be attempting to contact you, the property owner/resident, for permission to inspect for mosquito habitats. If no one is at home, we will leave a ‘door hanger’ letting you know that they were there and would like to schedule another time for inspection.
Also, please remember after each precipitation event to check your properties for ‘standing water’ (in buckets, tarps, tires, toys, etc., anything that can retain water) and, if possible, dump it out. If it cannot be dumped, let AMCD know and we can come out to treat it with an appropriate product.
If, after these larval abatement activities you still have ‘flyers’, please let us know so we can send a crew back to that area for further inspection to seek out the larval habitat that is hatching the adult ‘flyers’.
AMCD’s mosquito abatement is focused on larval control (finding and treating, or removing, the aquatic habitat) to avoid the need to perform aerial ‘fogging’ for the adult ‘flyers’. If the need arises for this action, it is only done between sunset and 2 am when mosquitoes are active and bees and other pollinating insects are not present.
As always, we at AMCD want to thank all of you in our District for your support and for working with us in years past, in the present and hopefully into the future!
* With the amount of snowfall this winter and the precipitation expected through rainfall, the Animas Valley could see more than one high water event. Due to this potential, the AMCD crews may need to access properties along the river to inspect for, and treat, mosquito habitats more than once.