Residential Mosquito Fogging This Weekend

This change is designed to allow operations to complete work before cold temperatures preclude the application.

By: Katja Schulz

Due to unusually high nuisance mosquito densities in all locations in the City, mosquito control fogging crews will be applying Zenivex E4 ULV in residential areas, Parks, and Recreation areas beginning at 8pm instead of the normal 9pm start time. This change is designed to allow operations to complete work before cold temperatures preclude the application. Temperatures next week look to be on the cool side that will limit the amount of time crews will have to make treatments in the evening.  Ambient air temperature must be above 50 degrees (preferably 55 degrees) and wind speeds must be below 10 mph to effectively control mosquitoes.

Additionally, Mosquito Control crews have planned fogging operations on Friday night, June 15th and Saturday night, June 16th to take advantage of warmer predicted evening temperatures before we see a significant cooldown next week which will limit treatments. Friday and Saturday the start time will return to 9pm to allow weekend events to conclude and to minimize any conflicts. Fogging trucks will operate with a continuous amber strobe light on the cab as a caution device for motorists and pedestrians.

Presently no cases of West Nile virus (WNv) have been confirmed in Albany County and the City of Laramie currently rates the risk of infection at level 1 (Low Risk). This risk assessment is based on low numbers of vector mosquitoes and no reported WNv activity in birds or mosquitoes.

Mosquito control application schedules will be available daily on the Mosquito Control and Integrated Pest Management Hotline at 721-5056.  The Hotline is updated daily at 4pm and will also list any chemical application made by City of Laramie Parks Division crews. HOTLINE information is also available on the City of Laramie Web Page. Look for the Hotline tab at the center left of the home page. For further information contact Tyler Shevling, Mosquito Control Crew Supervisor at 721-5258, tshevling@cityoflaramie.org or Todd Feezer, Parks and Recreation Director at 721-5264, tfeezer@cityoflaramie.org.