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  Montezuma Mosquito Control District Program

Call (970) 565-9134 to report; any water that stands for more than 4 days, mosquito annoyance complaints, or with any program questions. 
 


The Montezuma Mosquito Control District has traditionally controlled mosquito populations by targeting the adult (flying) stage of the insect.  This method has focused on the application of the chemical insecticide malathion via airborne ULV (ultra-low volume) spraying.  Controlling mosquitoes using only chemical means has come under heavy environmental and political pressure in many parts of the country over the past several years, including Montezuma County.  Chemical insecticides have the advantage of being easy to apply, and usually work quite well in the short term.  But, these chemical ULV insecticide applications have no residual and last only a short while, generally only a few days, making repeated applications necessary.  As many as 18 applications per season had been applied in past years..  This became quite an expensive proposition and over time began to provide diminishing returns.  Over a period of years mosquitoes can develop resistance to a chemical which has been applied repeatedly, and its effectiveness is lost.

The Montezuma Mosquito Control District Board recognized these problems and in 1999 contracted Colorado Mosquito Control to provide a comprehensive, modern program designed around the scientific principles of Integrated Pest Management. (IPM).  To combat the problems associated with chemical fogging for adult mosquito control, CMC has developed a program which targets larval (aquatic stage) mosquitoes and utilizes field surveillance, scientifically timed biological (non-chemical) control methods and least-toxic materials.  The implementation of this program over the past three years has provided a dramatic shift from a program which was 100% chemically based, to one which has, over a three-year period, dropped the use of chemical adulticides to approximately 10% of the original program.

Colorado Mosquito Control (CMC) as the operational contractor for the District, not only designed and implemented a comprehensive mosquito control program, but has implement a public education and informational program to help residents to discover the importance of effective biologically-based mosquito control on the public health and quality of life in the Montezuma Mosquito Control District.  Other important support services such as a call notification and shutoff system and the implementation of a GIS (Geographic Information System) for accurate mapping and larval site history database development has made the Montezuma Mosquito Control District program the “state-of-the-science” in modern mosquito control.

Colorado Mosquito Control (CMC) as the operational contractor for the District, not only designed and implemented a comprehensive mosquito control program, but has implement a public education and informational program to help residents to discover the importance of effective biologically-based mosquito control on the public health and quality of life in the Montezuma Mosquito Control District.  Other important support services such as a call notification and shutoff system and the implementation of a GIS (Geographic Information System) for accurate mapping and larval site history database development has made the Montezuma Mosquito Control District program the “state-of-the-science” in modern mosquito control.

 

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