Grand Valley West Nile Testing To Begin In April

If you spent time outside in the sunshine late last week, you may have noticed insects starting to fill the warm air. According to the Mesa County Health Department, you don't have to worry about mosquitoes yet. Although West Nile Virus season is approaching fast, the health department will not start trapping and testing the pesky bugs until early next month.

Officials don't expect to see the culex mosquitoes that transmit West Nile until May. A health department spokeswoman says they do expect to see West Nile activity in Mesa County this summer, but the severity of it will depend on rainfall and temperatures, as well as how conscientious residents are about doing their part.

Local agencies will continue giving away free larvicides to Mesa County residents. There are currently no plans to use airplanes to spray for mosquitoes, however, if high numbers of the insects start testing positive for West Nile and there is a potential for many human cases, aerial spraying may be used again this summer.

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