Mesa County Adopts New West Nile Control Strategy

Grand Junction-Members of the Mesa County Mosquito Control District met Thursday to discuss strategy for controlling possible outbreaks of West Nile Virus. The past two summers have brought outbreaks of mosquito–borne West Nile disease, prompting the Mesa County Health Department last year to use aerial spraying to control the pesky, and sometimes dangerous insects.

This year brings a different strategy, according to Kam Reporter, the new Director of the Grand Valley Mosquito Control District. He says working with landowners will be a major thrust of control efforts this year.

Steve DeFeyter, with the Mesa County Health Department, says workers are already working along Grand Valley rivers to fight West Nile. DeFeyter adds that the work done last year, combined with a little good fortune, could keep the incidence of mosquitos and West Nile Virus, lower than last year.

Reporter, who just started this this year, comes from the Virginia coast, where mosquito control has been a top priority for years.

DeFeyter says aerial spraying should not be used this year.


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