Aerial Mosquito Control Planned For Tonight

This application includes rural areas adjacent to the city and will start at 8pm.

By: Lukas Hofstetter

City of Laramie Mosquito Control has scheduled the aerial application of Dibrom for control of adult mosquitoes in rural areas adjacent to the City this evening, June 21st at 8pm.  This application is targeted to control both nuisance and vector mosquitoes, including Culex tarsalis which can that transmit West Nile virus (WNv). Currently vector mosquito numbers are moderate in the City but are increasing in rural areas. Migration of these vector mosquitoes into the City is likely if left uncontrolled.  The aerial application will be conducted during the evening hours to coordinate with the peak of mosquito activity and to reduce the likelihood of contact with citizen’s work and recreational activities.

Three areas are scheduled for treatment: Southwest of the city limits along Highway 230 and the Big Laramie River drainage from the City limits southwest approximately 10 miles; West of the city limit between the Big Laramie River on the South, Interstate 80 on the north and the Laramie Regional Airport on the west; the third area is north of the city limit between Welsh lane and 45th street including the area of the city wastewater treatment plant and the city landfill.

Dibrom will be applied at the ultra-low volume rate of 1/2 ounce per acre. The application will be rescheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 26th at 8pm if inclement weather prevents this evenings application.

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).

Schedules regarding Mosquito Control and Parks and Cemetery chemical applications for control of weeds and insect pests are available daily on the Mosquito Control and Integrated Pest Management Hotline at 721-5056. The schedule is available at approximately 4pm daily. Spraying information is also available on the City website. Look for the Daily mosquito and chemical application hotline tab on the home page at www.cityoflaramie.org.   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.