GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - According to the CDC, in 2012, Colorado had 131 reported cases of West Nile Virus and five deaths. Now that temperatures are heating up again, conditions are becoming ripe for mosquitos.
Mosquitos like warm weather and moisture, and in a dry climate like Western Colorado, the bugs will flock to any plot of standing water, which can be closer to the home than many think.
"Particularly in the Valley because we have so much water down here from the canals and irrigation, it's not impossible to run into a mosquito nest," said Jason Bailey, a concerned grandpa.
Jason Bailey and his wife often watch over their grandson and love to spend time with him outdoor, and he always has insect repellant handy to protect his grandson from mosquito bites.
"Playing in the park, playing out in the yard, if we go up into th emountains we take it with us so that we've got good coverage up there because you never know what bugs are carrying these days," he said.
Experts say mosquitos are the most active at dusk and dawn.
Lori Deangelis knows all too well the timming of mosquitos, and she doesn't hesitate to use bug repellant on her grandkids when the sun starts to set.
"Especially during dusk, mosquitos are really starting to come out now," said Lori. "We're back by the waterway, and they've been bad lately."
The Mesa County Health Department recommends taking precaution when it comes to preventing the West Nile Virus.
"Drain their still water by their houses and buy insect repellant that contains deet, picaridin, and oil of lemon eucalyptus," said Tamara Capp of the Mesa County Health Department. "Always read the label when you're applying that."
According to About.com, you can make your own natural mosquito repellant by mixing essential oils with carrier oil or alcohol.
Some of the recommended oils are cinnamon, lemon eucalyptus, caster and citronella oil; but for Deangelis, sticking to the natural repellant is the way to go.
"And it works. We went hiking the other day and it works really well," said DeAngelis.
In Mesa County The Mosquito Control District provides mosquito control here in the valley.
Officials say it ususally takes three to five weeks after being bit for West Nile to surface.
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